Education & CPD

Practical Aspects of Adverse Patient Outcomes: A Legal and Clinical Perspective


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  •   Date: Wednesday, 01 March 2017
  •   Registration: Wednesday, 01 March 2017 08:45
  •   Start: Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:00
  •   End: Wednesday, 01 March 2017 16:30
  •   Location: PDC Centre, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, The Richmond Education and Event Centre No 1 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7


This programme introduces and explains essential clinical-legal concepts, drawn from the most up-to-date clinical cases, and legislative, constitutional and regulatory sources within healthcare. It aims to equip nurses and midwives with the essential knowledge and understanding required to navigate through medico-legal challenges that may be encountered within the clinical environment. Topics explored include consent, disclosure, negligence, accurate clinical record keeping, and legal analysis
of adverse patient outcomes. The role of clinical governance in underpinning safe patient outcomes will be reviewed including detailed root cause analysis of clinical error and practical application of system analysis.
  • Wednesday, 01 March 2017

  • 08:45
  • 09:00
    Introductions and Welcome
  • 09:15
    Overview and relevance of Law to clinical practice and medico-legal frameworks in Ireland.
  • 09:45
    Practical examples of clinical practice and law in health care settings- case studies/ group work
  • 10:45
  • 11:00
    Clinical records and clinical data – keeping accurate clinical notes, group exercises on consequences of poor record keeping, guidelines on accurate clinical record keeping and relevance to clinical practice
  • 12:00
    Open disclosure and transparency within the healthcare setting
  • 13:00
    Clinical Negligence – what is clinical negligence, leading cases from Superior courts and rational for decisions Group based case discussion, analysis, evaluation and feedback
  • 13:45
  • 14:15
    Clinical Governance and Quality management systems – what is clinical governance? Overview of Safer Better Care Standards 2012 and Health Act 2007; impact within healthcare setting Irish experience – clinical governance in health settings
  • 15:00
    Legal Analysis of medical errors/avoidable medical errors Root cause analysis, systems analysis.
  • 15:30
    Mock inquiry/inquest reflection and critique and feedback
  • 16:15
    Summary, Review and revision. Questions and Evaluations
  • 16:30
  •   Location: PDC Centre, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, The Richmond Education and Event Centre No 1 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
Reading List

For access to any of the references below, please contact the library. e:, t: 01 6640614

  1. Health Information and Quality Authority, (2012) National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare ,Ireland.

  2. Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), (2014) Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registred Nurses and Registered Midwives ,Dublin.

  3. Government of Ireland, (2011) Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 ,Dublin.

  4. Rafter, N, Hickey, Conroy, R.M et al, (2016) The Irish National Adverse Events Study (INAES): the frequency and nature of adverse events in Irish hospitals—a retrospective record review study , BMJ Quality and Safety BMJ Quality and Safety.

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