Learn Not Blame

Front page of the BMJ-the criminalisation of unintentional error

We are grateful to BMJ for publishing this paper, written by our Law and Policy Officer Dr Jenny Vaughan in conjunction with Dr Ameratunga, Dr Klonin Dr Merry and Dr Cusack, and giving it front page profile. We hope it will be a game-changer for the UK and that no other clinicians, be they doctors, nurses or optometrists will find themselves in front of a criminal court unless they have recklessly and wilfully caused death.

Criminalisation of Healthcare. Does it improve patient safety? Dr Jenny Vaughan speaks at the Intensive Care Society State of the Art conference

Criminalisation of Healthcare. Does it improve patient safety? Dr Jenny Vaughan speaks at the Intensive Care Society State of the Art conference

Dr Jenny Vaughan, our Law and Policy Officer gave a talk at ICS SOA 2018 entitled ‘Criminalisation of Healthcare. Does it improve patient safety?’. Jenny discussed the history of gross negligence manslaughter in the UK, case law, and revisited the case of Dr Bawa-Garba. You can now listen to Jenny’s full speech as a podcast on the ICS site, including advice on how doctors can avoid litigation.

Dr Cicely Cunningham featured on BBC World Service, The Why Factor - Blame

Dr Cicely Cunningham featured on BBC World Service, The Why Factor - Blame

‘When things go wrong, we crave something or someone to blame. It's an emotional response found in nearly every culture - but why is this something we all recognise?’

After a junior doctor was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter for mistakes made whilst working under intolerable pressure, a campaign for a just culture in the NHS was launched by DAUK. This campaign, Learn Not Blame, is lead by Dr Cicely Cunningham, a DAUK executive committee member. Listen to Cicely being interviewed by BBC World Service for The Why Factor in this episode about blame.

Dr Natalie Ashburner and Dr Jenny Vaughan at Psychiatric Trainees Committee Conference - Supported and Valued

Dr Natalie Ashburner and Dr Jenny Vaughan at Psychiatric Trainees Committee Conference - Supported and Valued

On the 24-25th of January 2019 both Drs Natalie Ashburner and Jenny Vaughan attended the Royal College of Psychiatrists Trainees Conference. DAUK Editor Dr Natalie Ashburner organised the event entitled Supported and Valued along with fellow psychiatric trainees. DAUK’s Law and Policy Officer Dr Jenny Vaughan also gave a talk entitled ‘the case for a just culture in healthcare’

Dr Jenny Vaughan speaks at SAS day

Dr Jenny Vaughan speaks at SAS day

On the 18th of January our Law and Policy Officer and founder of Manslaughter and Healthcare Dr Jenny Vaughan spoke to doctors about how they can reduce their risk of criminal prosecution. Jenny will also be talking to doctors about the Learn not Blame campaign for a just culture in the NHS and how they can get involved.

Jenny Vaughan for the BMJ: How can a “just culture” truly develop in healthcare?

Jenny Vaughan for the BMJ: How can a “just culture” truly develop in healthcare?

‘Focus must be on the promotion of a just culture so that healthcare professionals can truly learn from their mistakes and are encouraged to admit them’ says DAUK’s Law and Policy Officer Dr Jenny Vaughan in the BMJ this week.

Dr Batt-Rawden for The Sunday Times: instead of addressing the causes of poor staffing, the NHS asks junior doctors to plug ever-growing gaps

Dr Batt-Rawden for The Sunday Times: instead of addressing the causes of poor staffing, the NHS asks junior doctors to plug ever-growing gaps

In a letter to The Sunday Times, DAUK expresses concern regarding the latest news from HEE that junior doctors can be redeployed to other departments within a Trust in response to winter pressures.

Dr Jenny Vaughan wins BMJ award

Dr Jenny Vaughan wins BMJ award

We are so proud of our Law and Policy Officer and Founder of Manslaughter and Healthcare Dr Jenny Vaughan for being awarded the BMJ Editor’s Award for speaking ‘Truth to Power’. As well as being a Consultant Neurologist for the past 14 years, Jenny was also the medical lead for the successful overturning of the gross negligence manslaughter conviction of Mr David Sellu. Alongside DAUK Jenny campaigned for Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s successful appeal and supported her for a number of years prior to this.

DAUK would like to congratulate Jenny on this very well deserved award!

Dr Batt-Rawden gives keynote speech at Birkbeck College

Dr Batt-Rawden gives keynote speech at Birkbeck College

On the 7th of December Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden DAUK Chair gave the keynote speech at an event held at Birkbeck College hosted in conjunction with the Association for Medical Humanities. Dr Batt-Rawden revisited the case of Dr Bawa-Garba, the events of the day Jack Adcock sadly lost his life, and discussed the role of the consultant and the GMC.