Advanced Diploma in Medical Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Introduction

This course provides a comprehensive overview of Medical Law with a focus on both domestic and European in that area. Participants will develop an understanding of the practical application of Medical Law principles, the legal obligations on medical professionals and regulatory practice.

Medical practitioners should note that this course has been approved for 15 external CPD credits by the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland, on the basis of full attendance and completion of the course. External CPD credits approved by the medical training bodies in Ireland (College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Physicians, College of Anaesthetists and Irish College of General Practitioners) benefit from mutual recognition and approval as between those bodies.

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

This course aims to inform participants about the legal environment surrounding the medical professions in Ireland. In particular, participants will:

  • Develop a critical understanding of the theories, concepts, principles and policies underpinning medical law in Ireland;
  • Examine the legal framework in which medicine is carried out and consider its implication for clinical practice;
  • Identify situations which may give rise to legal claims;
  • Describe and explain the current legal issues affecting clinical practice and hospital management;
  • Examine the role of different actors and bodies in regulating the health care professions;
  • Use legal terminology relating to this area of the law competently and correctly;
  • Describe and explain key principles in this area;
  • Debate potential legislative reforms in this area
  • Identify factual, legal and practical issues arising in the context of a problem question scenario;
  • Formulate and present written and oral arguments.

Who is the course for?

This course will be suitable for clinical and managerial healthcare professionals who wish to improve their knowledge of medico–legal aspects of healthcare. It will also be of interest to lawyers working or seeking to improve their expertise in medical law, and to policy makers and regulators.

COURSE DESIGNER AND LEAD LECTURER

The coordinator of the course is Colm Scott–Byrne BL.

Course Content and Delivery 2021–2022

This course will be delivered in an online format only, live via Zoom, with recordings of lectures available after class is over. Interactive elements such as class discussions / tutorials will not be recorded and will be cast live only. There will be no attendance in person at King’s Inns for class, though we hope to be able to host an event for students later in the course, public health regulations permitting.

Delivery is in part–time mode through the medium of lectures and seminars, presented by leading experts in the area. The course will take place over four weekend modules with live tutorials and lectures on Friday evenings and on Saturdays, plus one weekday evening.

Lectures from high calibre experts, both legal and clinical, will be complemented by tutorials which will enable participants’ close focus and honing of skills most relevant to their own decision–making context. This course will provide valuable insights into the legal framework affecting medical practice in Ireland. Contributors will be top clinical and legal experts. Where possible, a service user perspective will be included.

Course Start Date: Friday, 15 October 2021

Classes are recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment. This means that, while all students are welcome to attend class live, most of the sessions will be recorded so that students who are unable to attend can catch up on the material by streaming the video in their own time.

All class notes are available online before lectures take place. Online tutorials and IT support are available to help students navigate their way through our Library and legal resource databases.

Please note the course content is subject to change. 

Course Content 

Module 1: Friday 15 – Saturday 16 October 2021

  • Course launch and introduction
  • Principles of clinical negligence
  • Standard of care and causation in negligence
  • Clinical negligence issues: plaintiff and defendant perspectives
  • Tutorial 1 (live session, not recorded)

Module 2: Friday 26 – Saturday 27 November 2021

  • Expert evidence
  • Regulation of medicines
  • Medical confidentiality and medical records
  • Clinical research on humans and animals
  • Tutorial 2 (live session, not recorded)

Module 3: Friday 21 – Saturday 22 January 2022

  • Regulation of healthcare professionals
  • Assisted Human Reproduction
  • Coroner’s Court
  • Health Practitioner and the Family
  • Tutorial 3 (live session, not recorded)

Module 4: Friday 18 – Saturday 19 February 2022

  • Employment Issues in Health Care
  • Decision–Making at the Extremities of Life
  • Consent to Treatment
  • Mental Health Law
  • Mock Mental Health Tribunal and / or panel discussion on Mental Health Law (live session, not recorded)

Final Lecture:

  • A view from the bench (live session, not recorded)

Previous Speakers

  • Professor Harry Kennedy
  • Professor Damian Mohan
  • Professor Patrick Plunkett
  • Dr Brian Farrell
  • Michael Boylan (Solicitor)
  • Mary Hough, Partner and Head of the Healthcare Team, Hayes Solicitors
  • Avril Scally, Partner, Lavelle Partners
  • Dr Ciarán Craven SC
  • Oonah McCrann SC
  • Dr Simon Mills SC
  • Asim Sheikh BL
  • Neasa Bird BL
  • Dr Andrea Mulligan BL
  • Mark Tottenham BL
  • Lyn McCarthy, Hayes Solicitors
  • Sarah McKechnie BL
  • Olive Doyle, Partner, Byrne Wallace
  • Áine Hynes, Partner, St John Solicitors
  • Mark Felton, Partner, Felton McKnight Solicitors
  • Kate Mitchell, Mental Health Reform

Assessment and Accreditation

This is a professional development course. It is awarded independently by The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and delivered by seasoned, highly experienced practitioners.

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant is required to successfully complete one written assignment, worth 100% of the overall mark for the course.

Provisional assessment schedule: The assessment will be released following the third module and will be due approx. two weeks after the final module.

Medical practitioners should note that this course has been approved for 15 external CPD credits by the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland, on the basis of full attendance and completion of the course. External CPD credits approved by the medical training bodies in Ireland (College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Physicians, College of Anaesthetists and Irish College of General Practitioners) benefit from mutual recognition and approval as between those bodies.

Course Fee 2021–2022

Course fee: €2,550. View fee structure and other charges here.

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. View more information here.

How do I Apply?

There are no admission requirements for this course. 

Application Deadline: Sunday, 3 October 2021

In order to verify your personal details, you must first create an account on the Application Portal through the ‘apply here’ button below. Once you verify your email address in the Portal, you can then proceed with your application. 

The process is very short and your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full. Payment can be made through the application portal using your credit or debit card. An automated payment receipt will be generated confirming your place on the course.

If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a PO number, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. You will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the application portal.

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WHAT DO PREVIOUS STUDENTS SAY?

Dr. Noel Kavanagh

“The Advanced Diploma in Medical Law is an excellent course for anyone with an interest in the medico–legal aspects of healthcare. Although not able to attend King’s Inns in person, due to Covid restrictions, the online delivery worked extremely well and the virtual platforms also enabled small group interactive tutorials. Would highly recommend this course.” (Class of 2020–2021)

Dr. Noel Kavanagh, Education and Engagement Lead for Dental Protection (MPS)

Cliodhna Grady

“I never thought I’d enjoy a course as much as I did the Advanced Diploma in Medical Law. The quality of the lecturers and course materials are exceptional. Undertaking a course whilst working full–time can be challenging but this course worked really well being spread over four weekends, yet I felt I learned so much during each weekend/module. I would highly recommend this course to colleagues. It provides a very focused and comprehensive on all aspects of medico–legal matters.” (Class of 2020–2021)

Cliodhna Grady, Clinical Risk Advisor