Clinical errors and medical negligence (ARCHIVED)

by Dr Anupam Dharmadhikari and Professor Femi Oyebode


Last reviewed: October 2013


Please note: This module has now been archived. It is still available to view, but please be aware when completing the module that it was last reviewed in 2013. A CPD certificate is available for the module, but this will be subject to the approval of your peer group. If you are a consultant-level psychiatrist interested in updating this material, please contact us.


‘A ground-breaking change in post graduate medical training begins this year. As part of the Modernising Medical Careers programme, a new curriculum for junior doctors is being introduced. Patient safety will be at the heart of this curriculum’.


Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer 

(National Patient Safety Agency, 2005)

Modern healthcare is a complex and high-risk activity, and patient safety is now a major concern in the delivery of healthcare services across the globe. In the UK, a document entitled An Organisation With a Memory (Department of Health, 2000) has highlighted the importance of understanding adverse incidents in the NHS.


The aim of this module is to provide a review of clinical errors and medical negligence, including processes that increase the likelihood of negligence claims against clinicians. 


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