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, Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7


This interactive one day programme is specifically for Nurses and Midwives to focus on key areas of practice and to introduce participants to medical-legal concepts relating to current legislative, constitutional and regulatory sources in the health care environment. Furthermore, it will provide guidance on how to reflect and focus on patient safety and risk management.
Key Learning Points:
• Outline relevance of Irish Law to clinical practice.
• Outline medico-legal framework in Ireland.
• Examine and reflect on practical examples of clinical practice and Law in the healthcare environment.
• Examine the principles of open disclosure within the healthcare environment.
• Reflect on accurate clinical records and clinical data and relevance to clinical practice.
• Examine and reflect on decisions of Superior Courts of Ireland and UK in legal cases centred on clinical
negligence and highlight the importance of accurate clinical note keeping.
• Outline practical implication of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 and Scope of Nursing and Midwifery
Practice Framework 2015.
• Reflect using group based case discussions of clinical negligence in healthcare.
• Provide an overview of clinical governance and quality management systems and their application in
• Provide an understanding of a legal inquiry though the use of role play to portray a mock inquiry.
  • 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, Whitworth Building, 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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