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Law Resources: Medical Negligence

Clinical Disputes Forum  

A group of the key people in the field of clinical negligence litigation, working together to try to improve its procedures, and reduce the number of patients who have to go to law to resolve their disputes with their doctors and other healthcare providers.

Medical Litigation Online  

Online journal of medical negligence; cases to download, directories of relevant barristers, solicitors and medical experts.

Medico-Legal Brief Update  

Free email newsletter from several clinicians.

The Directory: Community Support and Advice

Action for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA)  

Charity supporting people injured by medical accidents.

The Directory: Health Service

Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSC)  

Gateway to Health & Social Care Services in Northern Ireland, containing links to the Acute and Community Services provided by the 5 Health Trusts, General Practitioner Surgeries and Clinics, Health Boards and Agencies and central government healthcare services.

National Health Service (NHS) England  

Official website of the National Health Service in England.

National Health Service (NHS) Scotland  

Official website of the National Health Service in Scotland.

National Health Service (NHS) Wales  

Official website of the National Health Service in Wales.

National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA)  

Handle claims and indemnify NHS bodies in respect of both clinical negligence and non-clinical risks. Also have risk management programmes in place which NHS trusts are assessed against.

NHS Confederation  

The only membership body for all NHS organisations.

NHS Direct Online  

Provides high quality health information and advice. Supported by a 24 hour nurse advice and information helpline on 0845 4647.

NHS England: Hospital Trusts  

Hospital trusts are found in most large towns and cities, and usually offer a general range of services to meet most people's needs. Some trusts also act as regional or national centres of expertise for more specialised care, while some are attached to universities and help to train health professionals.

NHS England: Primary Care Trusts  

PCTs are the cornerstone of the NHS, responsible for the planning and securing of health services and improving the health of the local population.

NHS England: Strategic Health Authorities  

Strategic Health Authorities are responsible for developing strategies for the local health services and ensuring high-quality performance. They manage the NHS locally and are a key link between the Department of Health and the NHS. They will also ensure that national priorities (such as programmes for improving cancer services) are integrated into local plans.

The Directory: Law Associations: Law

Medico-Legal Society  

Promoting all aspects of Medico-Legal knowledge.

The Directory: Professional Associations

British Medical Association (BMA)  

Independent trade union and professional association for doctors and medical students.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health  

Established by Royal Charter, and responsible for the training and examination of paediatricians in the UK.

Royal College of Physicians  

Professional body representing over 20,000 physicians, aiming to improve the quality of patient care by continually raising medical standards.

The Directory: Regulators: Health and Social Care

General Chiropractic Council (GCC)  

Regulates chiropractors

General Dental Council (GDC)  

Regulates dentists, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental nurses, dental technicians, dental therapists, and orthodontic therapists

General Medical Council (GMC)  

Regulates doctors

General Optical Council (GOC)  

Regulates opticians (optometrists and dispensing opticians)

General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)  

Regulates osteopaths

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)  

Regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)  

Regulates arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England and speech and language therapists

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)  

Regulates nurses and midwives

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)  

Regulates pharmacists and pharmacy premises in Northern Ireland