Understanding the nurse’s role as a professional witness
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Understanding the nurse’s role as a professional witness

Matthew Peel Clinical nurse fellow (forensics), NHS England, Leeds, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of the court system in the UK

  • To learn how to write a professional witness statement

  • To learn how to give oral evidence in court as a professional witness

Nurses working in any setting may be required to assist the courts or coroners by preparing statements or giving evidence in court. Nurses can act as ‘professional witnesses’ who provide evidence of something they have seen, heard or been involved with as part of their professional duties. This article outlines how nurses should respond to requests for written statements and suggests a format for providing such statements. It also explains the typical approach to providing oral evidence in court and how nurses should prepare and present themselves in the witness box.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11978

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Peel M (2023) Understanding the nurse’s role as a professional witness. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11978

Published online: 09 January 2023

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