Mock Trial Offers Care Professionals A Unique Insight Into Court Room Practices

nashics-logoDelegates from across the care sector will have the opportunity to experience a real life scenario played out in a famous court room as part of the next NASHiCS Learning & Development forum (10th/11th September 2014, Oxford).

Over the course of the afternoon, a team which includes a practicing defence barrister, a prosecution solicitor (from Weightmans law firm), a prosecuting HSE (Health & Safety Executive) officer and various witnesses will play out a real criminal case that happened in a care home. The incident involved the death of a resident after falling from a sling that was being used to move them.

Delegates at the session will see the case acted out as in a real life court and will be asked to act as the jury using an electronic voting pad system.

The whole thing will be played out at Oxford Town Hall’s Court Room, as used in the Inspector Morse series.

“We thought this would be a really useful and innovative experience for our delegates,” said Chris Jackson, National Chair of NASHiCS.

“Ideally delegates at this session, and those who daily provide and manage care services, will never have to attend court themselves; however we think that it always pays to be prepared and to understand the processes that could take place including the cross examination of all witnesses.”

“Cases like the one to be acted out can come to trial up to two years after an incident happens which highlights the need for staff in the care sector to be rigorous in their recording of incidents and to understand what can happen when things do go wrong.”

The mock trial will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th September and will be the first event on a packed agenda over the two-day forum. Delegates can sign up for just part, or the entire event, by visiting

The event will also include speakers on subjects such as managing stress and wellbeing at work, updates from the HSE and an insight from the CEO of the mental health providers’ forum who had the personal task of investigating the death of a mental health worker.



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