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The Clinical Negligence Group at No5 Chambers would be delighted to welcome you to its half-day seminar, “Litigating Diabetic Claims”.

The event is aimed at clinical negligence lawyers of all levels of seniority who wish to gain a greater understanding of the medical and legal issues involved in claims arising out of the management or mismanagement of diabetes.  There will be focus upon breach of duty, causation and quantum.

Speakers will include Jonathan Jones QC and we are pleased to welcome expert medical speakers Dr McNally and Dr Kearsley along with Jamie Gillespie and Kathryn Sizer from Pace Rehabilitation.


12:00 - 12:25   Registration

12:30 - 13:25   Lunch

13:30 - 13:40   Chairman's Introduction - Jonathan Jones QC,  No5 Barristers' Chambers

13:45 - 14:15   Dr. Nicholas Kearsley,  NHS General Practitioner/Medico-Legal Expert

A consideration of the management of diabetic patients in the GP setting; to include the relevant NICE guidelines and standards of care appropriate for the general management of diabetes, as well as diabetic and foot care emergencies.  The talk will not only provide excellent medical insight, it will be invaluable to those advising as to potential GP breaches of duty.

For more than 30 years Dr Nicholas Kearsley has been an NHS General Practitioner. He has been preparing medico-legal reports for over 20 years. Dr Kearsley receives instructions from many of the UK’s leading solicitors firms and insurance companies, having built his reputation on strong professional ethics and excellence in his field. As a member of the AVMA, APIL and NHSLA panels Dr Kearsley has considerable experience of all stages of the medico-legal process, including giving evidence in court.

14:20 - 14:50   Dr. Paul McNally, Consultant Physician, University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust

Dr McNally will consider the general management of diabetes and complications that commonly lead to litigation, including foot emergencies, hypoglycaemia and ketoacidosis. Dr McNally will also discuss current life expectancy for patients with diabetes

Qualifying from Nottingham University Medical School in 1983 Dr McNally trained in general medicine, diabetes and endocrinology in Leicester and Melbourne. In addition to publishing over 60 papers in the areas of diabetes and endocrinology Dr McNally has had two books published covering management of diabetes in general practice, cardiovascular disease and diabetes and has written chapters for several books. His recent research interests include renal disease and autonomic function in diabetes, Dr McNally is  also involved in national and international clinical trials in the treatment of diabetes.

14:50 - 15:05    Refreshment Break

15:10 - 15:40    Jonathan Jones QC, No5 Barristers' Chambers

Life at the coalface.  Claims relating to diabetic management and the complications of diabetes, are common place; how can the lawyer tell the plums from the duffs? The presence of diabetes can also affect the quantification of claims and in particular, life expectancy, care needs and the risk of amputation; Jonathan will cover how should such cases should be approached.

Jonathan Jones QC acts for both claimants and defendants in Clinical Negligence, he has extensive experience of cases involving errors by general practitioners, including failing to treat diabetes, failing to refer following symptoms of arterial blockage.

15:45 - 16:15   Jamie Gillespie, Clinical Specialist Prosthetist & Kathryn Sizer, Physiotherapist

A team from Pace Rehabilitation will present and discuss some of the challenges faced within clinic when treating patients who have undergone major lower limb amputation related to clinical negligence and with underlying conditions such as diabetes. They will review the immediate considerations needed when arranging rehabilitation programmes and prescribing prosthetic components, as well as the longer term cost implications.

Following a motorcycle accident which resulted in a below the knee amputation, Jamie left the Army to re-train as a Prosthetist/Orthotist and worked with the research and development team of a leading prosthetic manufacturer in Iceland. Since 2006, Jamie has worked for Pace Rehabilitation in Buckinghamshire providing clinical prosthetic support and expert witness services.

Kathryn graduated from King’s College, London with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2006. After completing her core rotations in orthopaedics, she took on a permanent role within the Amputee Rehabilitation team and Limb Fitting Centre at Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust. Kathryn joined Pace Rehabilitation in May 2016.

16:15 - 16:30 Q&A