GP PAG bites (NHSE SSW, November 2018).
Be aware of the requirement to inform NHSE if your performance or conduct has been criticised during an inquest: support and advice prior to an inquest can be obtained from the NHSE SW Medical Directorate.
GPs may be required to provide evidence to the Coroner following the death of a patient under Rule 20(2)(d) Entitlement to examine witnesses - any person whose act or omission …. may in the opinion of the coroner have caused, or contributed to, the death of the deceased or Rule 24 - Notice to person whose conduct is likely to be called into question of the Coroners Rules (1984).
A GP on the Medical Performers List is required to inform NHSE under the Performers Lists Regulations (2013 - amended) 9(2)(h) of involvement in an inquest ‘as a person who has been found by a coroner to have caused, or contributed to, the death of the deceased or otherwise had their conduct brought into question’.
Providing evidence at an inquest can be a very difficult and distressing experience for GPs: By informing NHSE of a forthcoming inquest, GPs can access support in relation to providing a statement, communications, media handling, or peer and professional support. GPs can phone the team at NHSE and we will be pleased to discuss the help we can provide. Please contact Dr Liz Thomas, 079007 15320 or Liz.email@example.com
Just a reminder that GPs can also get support from their LMC and GP Health, in addition to NHSE.