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Legal Aspects of Surgical Practice

There has always been an association between the medical and legal professions.

01 May

London, 1st May 2015

There has always been an association between the medical and legal professions. Changes in regulation of the medical profession, the increased trend to litigation, alterations to the coroners’ service and the closure of university departments of medical jurisprudence have all contributed to a feeling of unease in dealing with medicolegal matters. In order to meet the growing demand for surgically-focused training in how to respond to many medicolegal issues the course director, Professor Paul Marks, has designed a course to provide you with the required skills and knowledge.


  • Consent and refusal of treatment
  • Clinical negligence
  • End of life issues
  • Report writing and giving evidence
  • The Coroner system

Learning outcomes

  • Anticipate potential situations in which you might become involved with end of life issues
  • Define the role of the coroner and the coroners court
  • Formulate legal and ethical principles relating to consent
  • Outline the anatomy of how a claim is litigated
  • Define the role of an expert witness

Course Director

Mr Paul Marks
Consultant Neurosurgeon
The General Infirmary at Leeds
Assistant Deputy Coroner in West Yorkshire

By being both a neurosurgeon and deputy coroner, Mr Marks is ideally qualified and experienced to lead this course. He has brought together surgical co-faculty who have broad experience in the complex area of medicolegal issues.

Target Audience / Suitability

ST4-8, consultant and SAS Grades.


The format of the course will be a combination of lectures and workshop groups. Some pre-reading is required prior to attending the course.

Additional Information

If you are attending this course as a participant in a non-training grade, this course has been allocated 6 CPD points counting towards your Continuing Professional Development.  You can find more information and registration on the College website.

For a comprehensive review of the course, visit the BMJ website.

Delegate Feedback

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this course and felt it was not only useful but has also changed my practise. I found the simulated inquest particularly interesting. As a trainee, I feel this is an important subject often neglected in the training of surgeons. Given that medical negligence cases have increased so much in the recent past, this course arguably deserves to be expanded to all trainees in the UK. Many thanks. I have and will continue to recommend this course.’

‘Good educational and interesting opportunity. Very useful day. I feel I have greatly benefited from information learned and will definitely put into practice these new skills.’