SpR/Consultant/GP Level – If you have 5 years of post-qualification experience, you may consider working as a Forensic Advisor (MLA) with one of the defense organisations such as MPS, MDU or MDDUS. This can be done full-time or part-time alongside clinical commitments, and since this role requires GMC registration, the organization should help the organization organize your assessments and revalidations. To be considered, you will usually need a postgraduate legal qualification or experience in the forensic field. These businesses can include various benefits such as private health insurance, annuities, and gym memberships, and part-time work is also an option. We explore all the pros and cons of a forensic career for physicians. In June 2019, Anne became an Assistant Forensic Case Manager, which supports members as well as forensic case managers in general case management. His main areas of interest are Medical Board, Corona and Medicare investigations, as well as updating the ever-changing forensic landscape. Nerissa has been published in a number of internal and external publications and is currently Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Defence Update. Foundation/SHO level – a good place to start if you have less than 5 years of clinical experience is to look for a job within the medical law team of your local NHS Trust, for example as an investigation and claims manager. This does not require a medical degree, so it is an option for any medical degree; However, this also means that if you wish to keep your GMC recording, it is your responsibility to arrange it. The salary is usually about the same as what you expect at the start of Year 1 basic or specialty training, and you can continue to contribute to your existing NHS pension if you wish to transfer it. Vacancies are usually listed on the NHS Jobs website, but if the right candidate is not found, the job will not necessarily appear online. So, if there are currently no vacancies, be bold and contact the department head via the hospital`s switchboard.
Explain your interest, ask if you can email them a resume, and consider requesting an informal meeting to get a feel for the role. Sam joined MDA National in 2021 as a Forensic Case Manager. In this capacity, he assists practitioners in notifications, complaints, disciplinary matters, corona investigations and labour disputes. For more information on a medical-legal career as a physician, check out our LIVE webinar „Medical Legal Careers for Physicians: Key Strategies for You“ with 3 experts in the field. Introducing our Forensic Advisors and Case Managers: Sara received a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Communications from Newcastle University in 2008. Subsequently, she worked for ten years in private practice in the field of medical law. Sara`s work consisted mainly of representing doctors (as well as public and private healthcare institutions) in contentious/non-contentious claims, corona investigations, and disciplinary proceedings. Prior to joining MDA National, Sara was a senior partner at HWL Ebsworth Attorneys at Law. During this period, she made three delegations to the MDA National. Janet joined MDA in 2011. Her role as a forensic advisor includes assisting members and their staff with medical-legal investigations, complaints, investigations, medical negligence claims, and reviewing and commenting on matters affecting members. In addition to providing forensic advice, assistance with AHPRA, medical counseling, health insurance investigations, coronary investigation, and claims management for all MDA national members, Deborah regularly speaks at seminars and conferences with physicians of various specialties to inform them of developments in medical negligence in their respective states and areas of practice.
Whether GMC registration is maintained or not, there is a wide range of opportunities for physicians who perform forensic work. This could include working as part of an NHS trust, an NHS specialist body, a regulatory or safety and quality organisation, or within academia. Alternatively, there are many opportunities to become self-employed or develop a portfolio career. Kiely works three days a week as a forensic consultant and continues to work part-time as a general practitioner. International options – in many other countries, including Australia and the United States, you can pursue a career as an expert witness or consultant to a medical advocacy organization through a process similar to that of the United Kingdom. However, since different states and territories in other countries may have different healthcare organizations and legal procedures, your job search should be focused on where you want to work. Contacting organizations such as the Australasian College of Legal Medicine or the American Medical Association Litigation Center is a good place to start.