Paramedics are frequently required to make statements as part of a legal investigation and are often asked to appear in court. A new e-learning programme from Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) aims to support health and care professionals with court-related experiences. The Medico-legal Training programme provides resources for health and care professionals who may be asked to write a statement or report or give evidence in a coroners’ or other court for the first time. It aims to offer support for what can be, for many, a daunting experience. It includes brief video lectures and PowerPoint slides from the lectures as well as sample statements and references. Course materials were developed by HEE Kent, Surrey and Sussex, along with staff from the London Havens and health professionals with experience of the legal system. The Havens are sexual assault referral centres which have developed considerable experience in training clinicians to undertake forensic examinations and aftercare.
The e-learning resource is available now on the e-LfH Hub and (for NHS employees) will soon also be available on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Click here for more information.