Welcome to the sixth issue of the Medico-Legal Magazine, produced by SpecialistInfo and publishing partner Iconic Media Solutions Ltd.
In this issue, our sponsor, Ben Elsom from Medical Reports Ltd, discusses how virtual reality software, CaltainVR, helps patients deal with debilitating chronic pain. We present a history of whistleblowing in the NHS, by lawyer Laurence Vick, and how attitudes to medical professionals who need to report safety concerns within their organisation must be improved. We are also pleased to include the second part of an article on the most common medico-legal issues in Maxillofacial Surgery, by Michael Perry.
We are pleased to announce that three new partners are joining the SpecialistInfo medico-legal training faculty for 2018: Jonathan Godfrey and David de Jehan are experienced barristers from Parklane Plowden Chambers in Leeds, specialising in clinical negligence, and Andrew Gray is Managing Partner and owner of Truth Legal in Harrogate who specialises in personal injury. Find out more about them and the training courses for next year in this issue. Jonathan has also written a case report for us, with a warning for doctors about the importance of independence and objectivity in the provision of expert evidence. We also publish a retort to Andrew’s ‘tips for experts’ from the last issue, which offers advice to law firms based on the experience of seasoned expert, Peter Mahaffey.
Once again, the magazine will be circulated to up to 40,000 people in the industry, including doctors, insurance companies, law firms and medico-legal agencies. It is published on the Medico-Legal Section of the Specialistinfo.com website, and printed copies can be ordered from Iconic.
Specialistinfo maintains a database of contact details for up to 90,000 UK consultants and GPs, including approximately 11,000 consultants and GPs who undertake medico-legal work. We also provide Medico-Legal courses for expert witnesses and promote the members of the Faculty of Expert Witnesses (the FEW).
We welcome feedback from our readers, so please contact us with any suggestions for areas you would like to see covered in future issues, or share your news and experiences with us.
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Pg6 SpecialistInfo Medico-Legal Courses By Lisa Cheyne
Pg8 How Virtual Reality Software Could Begin to Help Injured Accident Victims Deal with Life Debilitating Chronic Pain By Ben Elsom
Pg11 The Loneliness of the NHS Whistleblower By Laurence Vick
Pg19 Common Medico-Legal Issues in Facial Trauma (Part Two) By Mr Michael Perry
Pg22 The Primacy of Independence and Objectivity in Expert Evidence By Jonathan Godfrey
Pg26 Medical Experts' Tips for Lawyers By Mr Peter Mahaffey
Pg29 Medico-Legal News: By Lisa Cheyne
Pg33 New Medico-Legal Trainers Join the SpecialistInfo Team By Lisa Cheyne