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Masterclass: Giving Evidence at Coroner's Court

Training dates throughout the year:

Wed, 18 Sep 2024
Virtual, Online
Virtual, Online
Wed, 4 Dec 2024
Virtual, Online
Virtual, Online

This is a course for all healthcare staff who may have to give evidence at a coroner’s inquest, plus those who need to support them in such circumstances (including Heads of Clinical Service, Clinical Directors, Matrons, Clinical Governance Managers, Legal Services staff, and Patient Safety leads) and those who need to understand the importance and function of coroner’s inquests (including Medical Examiners, Legal Services staff, and staff working in Quality & Safety).

This one-day virtual or in-person course is designed to provide delegates with the key skills and knowledge required to be a confident and capable witness at a coroner’s inquest, to support colleagues who are required to do so, or to understand the importance and function of coroner’s inquests within the patient safety agenda.

The course will cover topics such as the role of the coroner, the purpose of an inquest, how to prepare witness statements, how to prepare for the inquest hearing itself, how to give factual witness evidence in court, and linking with patient safety investigations. The emphasis will be on practical understanding, aided by exercises in statement writing and giving evidence, delivered in a safe and supportive environment.

Reports in recent years (CQC, NHS Improvement, NHS Resolution have repeatedly called for additional support for staff involved in serious incidents, which may often include involvement in coronial processes.

This course provides such support in an interactive setting, with ample opportunities for questions and practical learning.

“Being involved in an inquest creates understandable anxiety. It can be an unpleasant experience, for both witnesses and family. It is reassuring to know that most witnesses feel that their anxiety was overstated when looked at after the event.”

Health Education England

Key Learning Points

  • Understanding the role of the Coroner

  • What is a Coroner’s inquest?

  • How to provide a good witness statement

  • Preparing yourself/your staff for an inquest

  • How an inquest works in practice

  • Giving effective evidence in court,

  • Prevention of Future Deaths reports, and links with patient safety incident investigations and other learning responses.

Facilitated by:

Mr Mike O'Connell

Legal Services Practitioner and Interim Senior Inquests Manager
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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Wed, 18 Sep 2024
Virtual, Online
Virtual, Online
Wed, 4 Dec 2024
Virtual, Online
Virtual, Online

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