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  • Cases involving prolonged disorders of consciousness (“PDOC”) have engaged public debate and court scrutiny for many years. The issues have been considered by the House of Lords (Tony Bland) back in 1993, by the Court of Appeal (PC Briggs) and the Supreme Court (David James and Y).

    In this session, Professor Turner-Stokes (Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Kings College London) considered: 

    • Understanding the different forms of PDOC – from coma to PVS;
    • When does a disorder of consciousness become prolonged?
    • Distinguishing PDOC from locked in syndrome and brain stem death;
    • How PDOC can be diagnosed and what this entails practically (including consideration of the relevant guidelines)?
    • Determining prognosis; and key recommendations for diagnosing, prognosticating and establishing treatment escalation plans and undertaking best interests decision-making, in accordance with the national clinical guidelines.

    Professor Turner-Stokes is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Kings College London. She directs the Regional Hyperacute Rehabilitation Unit at Northwick Park, which is one of two designated specialised centres for PDOC in London. She regularly appears as an independent expert in the Court of Protection. Professor Turner-Stokes chaired the multidisciplinary Guideline Development Group that drafted the Royal College of Physicians’ “Prolonged disorders of consciousness following sudden onset brain injury: national clinical guidelines” (2020).

  • Please be aware that places for this seminar are limited and may get over subscribed.

    Our clients will get priority, but we will endeavour to increase capacity where we can to allow all those who wish to attend a place.

    Where we are heavily oversubscribed we will limit places per organisation.

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