Meningitis

A must attend talk will be the upcoming DEMLA meeting on Wednesday 7 September 2016 by Rachel Robinson, Director of Research and Support at Meningitis Now.

She will be talking on Meningitis and will give an overview of signs, symptoms and treatment followed by focus on the potential aftermath and help available.

Meningitis can affect anyone. It is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by different organisms, including bacteria and viruses. Meningitis and septicaemia can strike quickly, killing some people within hours. Whatever the outcome, the impact of the disease can be life-changing – from grieving for a loved one, to coping with lifelong after-effects

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Meningitis Now is the world’s first meningitis patient group and the only charity dedicated to fighting meningitis in the UK. The charity aims to achieve a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives.

Rachel Robinson leads the Research and Support team at Meningitis Now, and is responsible for the awareness raising campaigns, the support services for people who have experience of meningitis, and the research programme.

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The event is kindly being hosted at Michelmores Solicitors, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter, Devon, EX2 5WR with buffet from 5.30pm. £30 for non-members, free for members. Full membership subscription £40.

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Annual General Meeting

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Diarise Thursday 7 July 2016 to hear Dr Elizabeth Earland speak at 18h00 at our next meeting which is also our Annual General Meeting. This will be at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

The event is kindly being hosted at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter with buffet from 5.30pm. £30 for non-members, free for members. Full membership subscription £40.

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Legal reform

Diarise Thursday 23 June 2016 to hear DEBORAH EVANS speak at 18h00 at our next meeting which is a joint meeting with APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers). This will be at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Deborah Evans will be covering various topics regarding the legal reform.

  • Small claims reforms
  • Removal of the right to claim compensation for whiplash claims
  • Accreditation of medico legal experts
  • The future for Medco and portal co
  • Fixed costs in clinical negligence claims and capping of expert costs
  • Noise induced hearing loss claims – the proposals for the future
  • Fixed costs in PI claims up to £250k

Deborah is the chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). She is not a lawyer, but has more than 20 years’ experience working in the legal sector in management roles. Deborah has an MBA from Nottingham Trent University. Deborah is an alternate director for Portal Co, the organisation responsible for the running of the RTA portal, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Personal Injury Law (JPIL).

Deborah is actively involved in campaigning on legal reform, with a strong grasp of the impact of policy changes on both injured people and firms. She is keen to drive innovation in the delivery of legal services, and maintain the quality of advice given by APIL members at the highest levels.

The event is kindly being hosted at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter with buffet from 5.30pm. £30 for non-members, free for members. Full membership subscription £40.

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Might you want to kill yourself?

Might you want to kill yourself?

How can we choose whether you will be allowed access to the means to kill yourself? 

How can lawyers and doctors best respond?

These thought provoking dilemmas are some of the intruiging  questions being considered at the talk by Dr Jim Gilbert from Hospiscare at the upcoming DEMLA meeting on Thursday 19 May 2016.

The event is kindly being hosted at Michelmores Solicitors, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter, Devon, EX2 5WR with buffet from 5.30pm. £30 for non-members, free for members. Full membership subscription £40.

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Code of Hammurabi

A must attend talk will be the upcoming DEMLA meeting on Tuesday 19 April 2016 by Professor John Pearn on Hammurabi’s Code

The history of law dates from Palaeolithic times. Every known pre-literate society has had complex legal systems embodying both the principles of social order and the imposition of justice. From the pre-literate past emerged the first examples of written law, the heritage of which is a datum from which the laws of today can be viewed. All branches of the law trace their origins to codes, both oral and written, from earliest sources. The law in general, and the domain of medico-legal specialties in particular, trace their origins to Hammurabi’s Code. Hammurabi (ruled 1792-1750 B.C.E.) was the sixth King of First Dynasty of ancient Babylon, today an archaeological site in modern-day Iraq. Hammurabi’s Laws (circa 1750 B.C.E.), on stone-inscribed steles, were set up in public places in ancient Babylon, towards the end of his 43-year reign. Comprising almost 300 specific laws, with judicial punishment for transgressions, Hammurabi’s Code reflects his role both as a guardian of the vulnerable and as a protector of the weak and powerless. Just as Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.E.) is regarded as the founder of western medicine, so Hammurabi is the pioneer of law as it has evolved to its sophisticated state today.

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Professor John Pearn

Professor John Pearn is the Senior Paediatrician at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, the tertiary referral and teaching hospital for Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. A longstanding Honorary Member of the Devon and Exeter Medical Society, Professor Pearn has published extensively in the domain of medical history. He was one of the three medical consultants to the Herbicides [Agent Orange] Class Action Case in the Federal Court of the United States in 1984; and was a consultant in medico-legal matters in a milestone Mercy of the Crown Appeal to the Canadian Minister of Justice in 1986. He has been extensively involved in advocacy and legislative consultation relating to child protection and safety. He was an invited guest Panel Member on a forum on Udal Law at the 14th Orkney International Science Festival in 2004. Major General John Pearn is a former Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force and an Honorary Visiting Fellow (History and Ethics) at Green-Templeton College, The University of Oxford. He is the author of book chapters and published papers on medico-legal and forensic topics, particularly as these relate to children.

The event is kindly being hosted at Michelmores Solicitors, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter, Devon, EX2 5WR with buffet from 5.30pm. £30 for non-members, free for members. Full membership subscription £40.

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Regulation of orthopaedic hip devices

Diarise Tuesday 16 February 2016 to hear Urjit Chatterjee (Orthopaedic Surgeon, Leicester) speak at 18h00 at the next DEMLA meeting at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Mr. Chatterji studied medicine at the Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School (Imperial College) and was granted a prestigious Medical Research Council award and graduated in physiology in 1990. He obtained his MBBS with distinction in surgery in 1993.

Mr. Chatterji has a particular interest in hip and complex knee surgery and is actively involved in research. His special interest is minimally invasive hip and knee surgery, hip resurfacing and computer navigated knee replacement surgery. He lectures on revision (redo) knee replacement courses attended by international delegates and has published papers on hip and knee replacement and on returning to sport and activity following hip and knee replacement. Mr. Chatterji is also regularly required to give opinions and treat patients from other orthopaedic consultants from hospitals outside the local Leicester region.

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

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Buffet from 17h30. Free to DEMLA members



 

Tears, laughter and headaches: the challenges of medicine in Premiership rugby

Diarise Tuesday 12 January 2016 to hear Exeter Chiefs’ Club Doctor Dr Adam Reuben speak at 18h30 at the next DEMLA meeting at Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Topic: Tears, laughter and headaches: the challenges of medicine in Premiership rugby

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

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Buffet from 17h30. Free to DEMLA members

Over-Egging Medical Evidence: Cautionary Tales of Contempt

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Diarise Tuesday 10 November 2015 to hear His Honour Judge Melville QC. speak at 18h30 at a joint DEMLA / DEMS meeting Foot Anstey, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter.

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

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Buffet from 17h30. Free to DEMLA members




 

Jonathan O’Neill

The End of Medical Paternalism

An adult person of sound mind is entitled to decide which, if any, of the available forms of treatment to undergo, and her consent must be obtained before treatment interfering with her bodily integrity is undertaken. The doctor is therefore under a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that the patient is aware of any material risks involved in any recommended treatment, and of any reasonable alternative or variant treatments. The test of materiality is whether, in the circumstances of the particular case, a reasonable person in the patient’s position would be likely to attach significance to the risk, or the doctor is or should reasonably be aware that the particular patient would be likely to attach significance to it.’

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In its judgement of the 11 March 2015, the Supreme Court has clearly asserted that the Bolam test is not applicable to issues of consent to medical treatment. A seven-member decision in Montgomery-v-Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] UKSC 11 supersedes prior authorities and is the new leading case on consent.

Diarise 15 October 2015 to hear Jonathan O’Neill from Magdalen Chambers speak at Exeter University on this important judgment that will undoubtedly affect clinical negligence litigation for years to come. The venue is the Constantine Leventis Room Building One, Exeter University, Streatham Dr, Exeter, Devon EX4 4QR.

Event is accredited for Medical and Legal CPD.

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Ranked as a tier 1 leading junior by the Legal 500, Jonathan O’Neill enjoys a strong practice in the areas of personal injury and clinical negligence. His clients span legal firms of all sizes, local authorities, educational institutions, private medical practices and several international insurance companies. Jonathan’s clinical negligence practice covers all areas of general medical practice and nursing; failed and/or inappropriate surgical intervention; misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis; mis-medication (including addiction to medication due to negligent management of treatment); inquests; and failures to obtain informed consent. His particular interests include orthopaedics, cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry; brain injuries and psychiatric care. He is also experienced in professional negligence claims involving veterinary surgeons. In terms of personal injury work, Jonathan’s experience is broad and typically involves employers’ liability; occupational disease; occupiers’ liability; injuries on the highway; road traffic accidents; Fatal Accidents Act claims; travel and insurance disputes; and product liability. He is a tenant at Magdalen Chambers in Exeter

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Unlawful Child Killing

A must attend talk will be the upcoming DEMLA meeting on Tuesday 9 June 2015 by Professor John Pearn on the topic of Unlawful Child Killing.

John Pearn (b. 1940) is Professor of Child Health and Paediatrics at the University of Queensland. His clinical interests encompass general paediatrics, medical genetics, clinical toxicology and accident prevention. John Pearn served as a doctor-soldier in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps for 30 years. He was one of the founders of The Australian Society of the History of Medicine, and has received numerous medals for his work. John Pearn is the author of some 20 books and chapters in books on clinical medicine and the history of medicine.

The event is kindly being hosted at Michelmores Solicitors, Woodwater House, Pynes Hill, Exeter, Devon, EX2 5WR with buffet from 5.30pm. £30 for non-members, free for members. Full membership subscription £40.