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Martha's Rule: A Practical Guide to Implementation to improve Patient Safety


Today's chair: 

 Carolyn Cleveland

Carolyn Cleveland

Director, C&C Empathy Training Ltd

Carolyn, has a background in psychology and counselling, specialising in loss, fear and vulnerability, and conceived C&C Empathy Training from her study and personal experiences of adversity within life, trauma, healthcare incidents, and vulnerability.

Carolyn provides a Caregiver’s Perspective

• Martha’s story 
• learning from my experience

Mr David Birch

Implementing Martha’s Rule: Legal Considerations for NHS Hospitals


Mr David Birch Partner, Weightmans LLP

 Understanding the legal principles underpinning patient consent and right to a rapid review or second opinion from an doctor within the same hospital

• The scope of patient’s right to second opinion/review currently and under Martha’s Law and the circumstances in which it applies

• Outlining clear procedures for requesting and obtaining second opinions/rapid review

• What are the necessary legislative changes and policy developments needed to implement Martha’s Rule

• Establishing a fair and transparent process for patients exercising their right to a review

• Addressing legal considerations to ensure due process in the evaluation of second opinion requests

• Anticipating potential litigation risks associated with Martha’s Rule

NEWS: Martha's Rule to be rolled out in hospitals from April 2024

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