16th Annual Grange Medico-legal Conference 2017 Meet Forensic Psychiatry Expert of the Year 2017

The 16th Annual Grange Conference 2017

Spotlight on... Professor Keith Rix MPhil, LLM, MD, FRCPsych, Hon FFFLM 

Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, Institute of Medicine, University of Chester
I have been involved with the Conference since we organised the first one at The George Hotel in Stamford in 2001 and, apparently, my role in organising this annual conference was one of the factors taken into account by Lawyer Monthly when the journal awarded me ‘Forensic Psychiatry Expert of the Year 2017’.
I prepared my first expert report as a trainee in about 1982 and I thrive on the challenge of communicating my knowledge and experience of psychiatry to those who administer justice through our courts and tribunals. I am fortunate that clinical practice in general adult psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and liaison psychiatry supplemented by thirty years as a prison visiting psychiatrist and locums in old age psychiatry, learning disability and prison in-reach have provided me with a rich experience that informs my expert witness work.  I continue to be passionate about my work and find my role as an expert witness so rewarding that I have been unable to retire completely.
I continue to use my contacts in the legal profession to assist the development of each year’s conference programme – the content is specifically designed to assist psychiatrists in keeping up to date with developments on the interface between psychiatry and the law.

This year’s conference will not only help you keep up to date as an expert psychiatric witness but it will provide you with important opportunities to learn from your colleagues and share your learning with them.

My personal conference highlights and recommendations...

Having a professional and academic interest in the law of expert evidence, I am particularly looking forward to hearing from Lord Hodge about the Glasgow ‘slipping on ice’ case which has provided the Supreme Court with the opportunity to review and restate the law as to expert evidence. Also, I expect to learn a lot from Master Bell’s lecture on the judicial analysis of expert evidence. As usual, I still value the opportunity to learn from my peers so I will look forward to having one of my reports assessed by a colleague.

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