Medical law

Future dates for this course will be announced.

6 CPD credits*

After careful consideration we have decided not to run face to face courses until further notice. When the situation changes we will update our website.

Understanding the key aspects of medical law and its implications for your clinical practice is essential to the safe care of patients. In this course you will explore the legal aspects of consent, confidentiality, mental capacity, and issues relating to the treatment of children and young people using case scenarios.

Topics covered include:

  • the legal and ethical basis of confidentiality
  • when you may need to breach confidentiality
  • consent and the legal landscape following the Montgomery judgement
  • mental capacity issues and how to proceed if capacity is lacking
  • specific considerations when treating children and young people, including parental responsibility, disagreement between parents and refusal of treatment.

This course complements the Medical ethics course. They are on consecutive days to make it easier for you to attend both courses if you would like to.

Who should attend?

  • Consultants/specialists
  • GPs
  • Hospital doctors
  • Training grade doctors (GPST1-4 and ST1-8)
  • Foundation doctors (F2 only) 

*This course has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK for 6 category 1 (external) CPD credits.


Sarah Jarvis

Dr Sarah Jarvis BSc MB BS MRCGP

MDU medico-legal adviser

Sarah trained in London and undertook an intercalated BSc which involved medical ethics. After graduating she spent several years in A&E and general medicine before becoming a GP. She was a GP principal and trainer and was involved in medical student teaching. She also sat on the GMC and MPTS Fitness to Practise Panels, eventually chairing them.

Nicola Lennard MDU medico-legal adviser

Dr Nicola Lennard

Medico-legal adviser

MBChB MD FRCS(General Surgery) GDL

Nicola completed her post graduate training in general and vascular surgery before taking up post, initially as a senior medical officer, then Deputy Medical Director in the medical devices division of the MHRA. She joined the MDU as a medico-legal advisor in 2013 and completed her graduate diploma in law in 2014.


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  • Consultant, London
  • 29 January 2020 4:15PM

Informative, enjoyable, interactive.

  • GP, Blackburn
  • 29 January 2020 4:13PM

Very interesting and relevant. A breath of fresh air from clinical courses

  • GP, Sheffield
  • 29 July 2019 5:20PM

It complements the medical ethics day, really interesting discussions.

  • Training Grade, London
  • 29 July 2019 5:18PM

Good overview of key legal issues in everyday practice to be aware of.

  • GP, Stoke on Trent
  • 29 July 2019 5:17PM


  • Hosptial Doctor, West Herts
  • 20 February 2019 9:26AM

Excellent down to earth teaching with lots of thought provoking topics.

  • GP, High Wycombe
  • 8 January 2019 3:41PM

Practical, structured, presented in a very friendly way, so the information is retained easily.

  • Hospital Doctor, Hull
  • 26 March 2018 4:55PM

Professional discussion which covers all the areas we may need to know about.

Friendly and interactive discussion.

  • Consultant, Chelsea and Westminter
  • 14 March 2018 4:27PM

Excellent overview of law and dilemmas around consent in general, and around capacity.