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Opioids and the coroner

Coroners' investigations will likely play a part of most doctors' professional careers, but attending an inquest or even providing a report to the coroner can still prove daunting.

Our free webinar delves into the details of coroners' investigations, with particular reference to deaths involving patients in long term opioid medication.

Hosted by medico-legal adviser Jerard Ross, with guest speaker Dr Alia Medniuk, consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine, the session covers:

  • the risks associated with going to the coroner's court
  • the prevention of future deaths report
  • recent research on opioids and preventable deaths
  • advice on management of opioids in primary care
  • opioid stewardship, prescribing/deprescribing and polypharmacy.

Watch the webinar: Opioids and the coroner

Learn and develop with the MDU

As part of our commitment to support you throughout your career, we've developed a host of resources to help you improve and enhance your understanding of a wide range of medico-legal topics.

From virtual courses to webinars, online e-learning modules offering CPD to in-practice or hospital seminars, there's something on offer for all healthcare professionals.

Upcoming webinars:

Consent and decision making | Tuesday 8 August | 7pm-8pm | Register now

GMC investigations | Tuesday 5 September | 7pm-8pm | Register now

To find out how we can help you and your team grow today, visit

Assessing capacity

Assessing capacity is part and parcel of being a doctor. A patient's ability to make a decision about treatment is central to the interaction between doctor and patient, and affects the care you provide.

Hosted by the MDU's medico-legal advisers, this webinar covers what steps to take when assessing a patient's capacity to make a decision about their treatment, along with other key areas:

  • covering practical steps to take to help a patient make decisions themselves
  • looking at the MCA two-stage assessment for capacity
  • ensuring you know what information is relevant for patients to have when they are making decisions
  • Q&A session with our medico-legal advisers.

Watch the webinar: Assessing capacity

This page was correct at publication on 10/07/2023. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.