Health and care inquests

How your organisation responds to a death will have a huge impact for families, staff and your organisation. It will affect how regulators, coroners and the media respond.

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Take a look at our selection of tips and advice in the video selection below.


> Top tips on preparing for an inquest

Preparation before you go to an inquest is key. To help you prepare, here are some 'top tips' from those involved in the coronial process and from those who have given evidence before.


> Top tips on how to write your statement

Writing a statement for the Coroner can be a daunting process if you have not done it before. Where to start? Hear some advice from Coroner on what he would like to see...


> The view of the coroner

What is the purpose of an inquest? What is it all about? What is the Coroner looking for when you give evidence and what does he expect? An experienced Coroner offers his advice and guidance to help you understand the process.


> The consultant's story

Dr Natasha Robinson shares with us her personal experience in giving evidence and attending the hearing. How to approach the Coroner's questions and meeting the family...


> The GP's story

Dr Jaylata Shah explains how and why she became involved with an inquest and how she prepared. Despite her anxieties it was not about criticism and blame and very much a fact finding exercise.


> The view from the trust's legal services

Jane Downie offers some key points to help in preparing for an inquest and shares with us her experiences to help witnesses through the process and how to deal with any worries or concerns.


> The nurse's story

Emma Webber explains that being called to give evidence is not as bad as it might seem. Emma tells us about her experience and shares with us ideas on how to prepare to make sure you limit your evidence to that which is relevant and how not to be drawn into answering questions beyond your experience or knowledge.