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  • Wednesday 16 September 2020

    Watch our On Demand recording of the webinar to:

    • Share insights of clinical themes observed in learning disability claims over the past ten years
    • Inform patient-centred care by sharing the learning insights from families affected by the physical and psychological abuse suffered at Winterbourne View
    • Gain an improved understanding about the issues that arise when individuals with learning disabilities access health care to help inform solutions
    • Contribute to expert debate on key challenges and how to overcome these by introducing innovative care pathways and training
    • Raise awareness of how reasonable adjustments and small quality improvements can bring about significant improvements in safety
    • Opportunity to shape future webinars around issues that matter and solutions that count


    Justine Sharpe – Safety and Learning Lead for the London region at NHS Resolution
    Justine supports all members of the indemnity scheme in this area to learn from claims. She leads for mental health, learning disabilities and clinical care groups and is involved in a number of patient safety research projects. She joined the NHS over twenty years ago, starting as a general dietitian and then specialising with a clinical career in paediatrics. Later, progressing into several different general operational management roles with community services, acute clinical outpatient specialities as well as elderly care and private nutritional consultancy. During this period, she additionally co-founded the National Paediatric Allergy group, undertook a national role as public relation officer for the British Dietetic Association and contributed to London malnutrition guidelines. She has a passion for supporting service transformation and change to improve safety and fiscal budgets. Most recently, developing a special interest in how artificial intelligence and legal mediations can help reduce claims. Academically she holds a degree in Human Nutrition and dietetics and a Masters in Public Administration.

    Andrew Hannam - Consultant with Enable Law and Mediator with Trust Mediation
    Andrew retired as a Partner with Enable Law in April 2019 and now acts a consultant to Enable Law and spends the majority of his time mediating Clinical Negligence disputes with Trust Mediation. Over the last 3 years Andrew has mediated approximately 50 clinical negligence cases ranging from multi-million pound birth injury cases to modest value (but of huge importance to the claimant) fatal claims. Andrew's rate of settlement on the day or within a few weeks of the mediation runs in excess of 80%.

    Andrew maintains good working relations with local NHS Trusts and panel NHSLA firms reflecting an ability to work constructively with other parties in disputes. AJH continues to represent a local Community NHS Trust in Inquests which provides the opportunity to work with clinical staff which otherwise would not exist in a claimant dominated clinical negligence practice.

    Andrew has regularly given training both within his firm and outside on mediation through his position with Trust Mediation and ASWM. Excellent oral and written communication skills are part of his package used to help resolve disputes.

    When not mediating, Andrew has been advising over a number of years in a wide range of clinical negligence actions, with complex and high value birth injury claims comprising the majority of Andrew's caseload prior to retiring from the partnership. In addition Andrew acted as lead solicitor in two very large and high profile Group Actions (Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust and Winterbourne View) where the Claimants all had learning difficulties.

    Stuart Marchant – Partner at Bevan Brittan
    Stuart specialises in health and social care law and regulation with many clients being providers of care services, either in the NHS, independent or not-for profit sectors. Stuart assists clients who either need help with technical areas of law such as the Mental Health Act, the Human Rights Act, the Mental Capacity Act, the Care Act, with healthcare regulation, or clients who are facing practical problems in delivering their services. Stuart provides advice and representation which is centred around his clients’ best interests, being mindful of their legal responsibilities, commercial interests and the value of their reputation.

    Joanna Lloyd – Partner at Bevan Brittan
    Joanna is head of Bevan Brittan’s NHS Health practice and leads the Clinical Risk team in Bristol. She is a dual qualified Barrister/ Solicitor and specialises in high-value clinical negligence disputes, particularly those involving brain injury. Joanna also represents NHS Clients in complex media sensitive inquests and has a passionate interest in patient safety and translating the lessons from claims and inquests into safer care. She represented the NHS in the resolution of claims arising from poor care at Winterbourne View.

    Jim Blair - Consultant
    Jim is currently an Independent Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities, Associate Professor Intellectual (Learning) Disabilities at Kingston University and St Georges’ University of London, Clinical Reviewer Learning Disabilities NHS England and the Learning Disability Advisor to the Sates of Guernsey. Jim is a Patron of Dance Syndrome and is the Vice Chair of the London Board for the Royal College of Nursing and on the editorial board of www.intellectualdisability.info.

    2013-2018 Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities Great Ormond Street hospital 2008-2013 Consultant Nurse Learning Disabilities at St.George’s Hospital in London. Jim is a Past President Royal Society of Medicine’s council for Intellectual Disability and has been Vice Chairman of Special Olympics Great Britain. Jim has been an Expert Advisor to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman.Jim has also been a Specialist Clinical Advisor to the CQC, Clinical Lead Health Inequalities at NHS England, Health Advisor to the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Learning Disability Nursing Lead at the Royal College of Nursing.


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