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David Birch



David has spent the last 10 years supporting health and social care organisations, charities and insurance clients in relation to a broad range of topics including inquests, investigations, mental capacity, Court of Protection proceedings, best interests, consent, confidentiality, CQC regulation, complaints, candour, commissioning responsibilities, safeguarding, information governance (GDPR, FOIA etc.) and treatment under the Mental Health Act.

When undertaking this work he has benefited from close working with a variety of organisations, secondment work at a couple of NHS Trusts and his experience working within insurance companies and for a Lloyds broker.

David frequently represents organisations and their staff at inquests (direct instructions and insurance-funded). He has provided advice and support to professionals appearing before a variety of courts and tribunals and has provided guidance in relation to independent inquiries, high profile inquests and criminal investigations.

Some recent examples of his High Court and Court of Protection work include a 'looked after child' (with challenging behaviours and psychosis) where the court was considering the appropriate placement and care package, the withdrawal of treatment from a patient in ICU, and the court’s consideration of the pregnancy of a woman with the mental age of a two year old.

David regularly delivers training courses to clients and their staff. Some recent topics include inquests, excellence in statement and report writing, the Mental Capacity Act, Duty of Candour and GDPR.

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