About This Webinar
This free-to-attend CPD webinar has been organised by British Journal of Hospital Medicine, supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Cook Biotech, Inc, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

The relative advantages and disadvantages of synthetic vs biologic mesh use in ventral hernia repair will be discussed from both a surgical and legal perspective.

*** This webinar is CPD certified and all attendees will receive a personalised CPD certificate sent by email after the session.***
  • Overview of biologics, biosynthetics and their evolution
  • Why use biologics, and in what applications?
  • Review of the Baroness Cumberlege Report, and current recommendations
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    Rebecca Linssen
    Editor, British Journal of Hospital Medicine
    Rebecca graduated from Cambridge University with an Honour’s degree in pharmacology in 1994. She started work as a subeditor on the British Journal of Hospital Medicine and the British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. Rebecca has been Editor of the British Journal of Hospital Medicine (http://www.magonlinelibrary.com/toc/hmed/current), a monthly review journal for hospital doctors, since 1998.

    She is also Editorial Director of MAG Digital Resources and Group Editorial Director for Mark Allen Group, which includes thirty different healthcare publications in its portfolio (http://www.markallengroup.com/ma-healthcare#publications).
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    Ian Daniels
    Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, UK
    Ian is a Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon based at The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Devon, UK. He has an interest in recurrent and advanced cancer and managing complications of surgery, particularly patients with challenging hernias and stomas. As Honorary President of the Colostomy Association, this channels the research he does in his unit (www.hesru.org) and their focus of clinical practice.
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    Tracy Sell-Peters
    Head of Healthcare Litigation and Healthcare Sector Partner, DWF Law LLP
    Tracy is a Canadian and English-qualified lawyer with 25 years' experience in healthcare litigation, having conducted cases for medical defence organisations, insurers, NHSR, PCTs, private clients, regulators, and medical royal colleges. She joined DWF (then Fishburns) in 2008, having worked for almost 10 years at Radcliffes LeBrasseur. She heads up healthcare litigation as well as the healthcare sector internationally. She has built a large, talented team of lawyers and paralegals who focus on delivering a pre-eminent litigation service to insurers and insureds. Tracy has been successful in attracting work from a large number of insurer clients and the team is unrivalled in its focus on the insurance sector.

    Tracy has dealt with large numbers of complex and high-value clinical negligence claims spanning the medical specialities, but she has done particularly significant numbers of claims relating to cardiology, neurology, cerebral palsy/birth injuries, spinal and orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery and ophthalmology. She acts for many leading independent healthcare providers, their insurers and individual insureds (surgeons, GPs, staff in the out of hours and 111 setting and others). Her claims are highly complex and normally litigated and often involve complex issues of apportionment and contribution in multi-defendant cases. She has dealt with numerous fatal claims and is extremely competent at navigating complex expert evidence as well as difficult negotiations. She has a huge depth of experience of taking cases to trial and hearings.

    Tracy brings her regulatory, criminal, inquest and inquiry experience to bear in all her claims work and takes a holistic approach to healthcare litigation. She has dealt with many high profile inquest cases, including deaths in custody, which have become complex civil litigation as well as regulatory referrals. Tracy has also advised medical regulators, royal colleges and faculties in relation to challenges brought against them. She regularly lectures and writes articles.

    Tracy assists her insurer clients in expanding their offerings into new areas of healthcare litigation, both in the UK and internationally, by offering advice from audit to risk management to policy wordings.