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Course details

  • Duration:  2 days
  • Fees:
    - £395 Medical doctors and consultants
    - £300 Nurses and allied health professionals
  • 10% discount for Imperial College/ICHNT staff
  • Venue: St Mary's Campus
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This is a two day course looking at Medical Law and Ethics as applied to Paediatric Practice, including negligence, confidentiality, child protection, research, end of life care, organ donation, reporting of deaths and the Coronial process.

The course is part of a range of short courses spread throughout the academic year which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc in paediatrics and child health and as stand-alone CPD accredited programmes for all healthcare professionals. The courses are offered in line with level 3 of the RCPCH curriculum.

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Course aims

Acquisition of basic knowledge of medical law and ethics relating to all aspects of paediatric practice, with an emphasis on legal principles and current professional guidance. 

Acquisition of problem-solving skills necessary to solve practical problems in paediatric practice through debate and discussion.

Familiarisation with the Coroner’s Court and the Coronial process.

Who should attend?

Open to doctors, nurses, students of medicine or law.

Benefits of attending

The course will enhance your understanding of the ethical and legal principles of treating children. It includes the concepts of autonomy/capacity/best interests and negligence, as well as covering the topics of confidentiality and consent, child protection and The Children Act 1989, research ethics in children, end of life decision making and limitations to treatment and conflict resolution – a practical approach. It also looks at aspects of child death including the role of the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), death certification and post mortem examinations, the Coroner's role and Inquests.

Course structure

The course consists of lectures and interactive sessions and includes a visit to Westminster Coroner's Court.