Medical law

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6 CPD credits*

  • Manchester
  • London

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.

Dr Claire Macaulay, medico-legal adviser

Dr Claire Macaulay MD MBChB(Hons) BSc(Hons) MRCP

MDU medico-legal adviser

Claire is an experienced medico-legal adviser. She supports members with medico-legal issues, complaints and claims. Claire is based in Glasgow where she was previously a medical oncology specialist registrar. Before joining the MDU in 2009, she completed a period of academic research leading to the award of a Doctorate in Medicine.

Thursday 27 June 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Manchester

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Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre, 4 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M4 4EW

Thursday 26 September 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM London

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One Canada Square, London E14 5GS


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  • 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.