Diabetes and Clinical Negligence: a Medico-Legal Workshop 2018

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 Welcome and 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.
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.
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 such cases should be approached.
15:45 - 16:15 Jamie Gillespie, Clinical Specialist Prosthetist and 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.
16:15 - 16:30 Q&A