16th Annual Grange Medico-legal Conference 2017 Meet the Grange Conference Co-director


The 16th Annual Grange Conference 2017

‘It’s unique!’ says James
I can’t remember exactly how I fell upon this iconic, niche conference but it has served me extremely well over many years in all matters medico-legal as well as for selected clinical CPD.  I particularly enjoy the opportunity to debate sometimes challenging and always thought provoking topics with colleagues within the safety net of the Chatham House Rule.  I know of no other conference that enables such an opportunity to develop over several days nor any other more effective way of benchmarking my medico-legal credentials and improving my knowledge.

I was delighted to be invited to become a Grange Conference Director and to work with my fellow Directors to keep the conference true to its purpose and values. I always enjoy meeting up with my Grange-affiliated colleagues and networking with new delegates.

My medico-legal journey began in 1997 having worked both within and without the NHS and now I do a bit of both.  I have been in management positions as Medical Director and Deputy Clinical Director and have had experience as a general psychiatrist in community, inpatient, crisis and early intervention services.  I have also established myself as an expert in occupational psychiatry.  Having embarked on medico-legal work as a bit of a sideline, the Grange Conference has helped me recognise the importance of developing medico-legal skills and has kept me abreast of developments in this field.

I’m excited to be chairing the second day, Tuesday 26 September - it promises to be a great day – varied and stimulating with lectures from Dr Kari Carstairs, Professor Casey, Professor Chess Denman and Professor Jane Ireland – what a line up!

But…. what’s not to recommend?  Listening to lawyers is always good value and enlightening (as well as scary usually).  David Boyle will entertain and educate with his presentation on cases we must know.  Patricia Casey is an authority on adjustment disorder and we will be pressing her on how we predict prognosis in medico-legal settings.  Complicated grief is another hot potato in relation to secondary victim case law and a common dispute between experts so that is not to be missed.  The black tie dinner on Wednesday night is always memorable, held in the stone and oak-paneled grandeur of Ripley Castle’s library.

So, don’t miss this conference - it’s unique in its opportunity to network and establish contacts with a wide range of medico-legal experts and lawyers.  If you want to sit five feet away from a Supreme Court Judge outside of the Supreme Court then this is for you.  If you want to ‘get up close and personal’ with some of the finest legal and clinical minds in the country, then this is your opportunity.  If you want to benchmark and compare your expertise with other experts, there is no better place to do so.  If you want to challenge your mind, widen your knowledge base, refine your skills and take yourself out of your comfort zone – see you there!

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