Patient Choice, Expectation and Informed Consent in the Evolving World of Healthcare

14th Jun 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Faculty of Health and Social Care

Patient Choice, Expectation and Informed Consent in the Evolving World of Healthcare – Professor Tim Woolford

As the world’s main source of information, the internet has had a profound impact on healthcare. Most patients now consult their web browser before their GP, particularly those seeking cosmetic surgery and in 2015 alone, 51,000 Britons went under the knife.

As a Consultant Surgeon for almost 20 years, Professor Tim Woolford has observed great changes taking place in the way in which patients are referred for treatment, with many opting to refer themselves to private practitioners.

Much of the online information about cosmetic procedures is now provided by doctors with commercial interests. While patients are becoming more informed and have more choice than before, their expectations of surgery are greater. As a result of this, unhappy clients are resorting to legal action and medical negligence is a growth industry. In this lecture, Professor Woolford will explore these issues, using examples relating his experience as both an NHS Consultant and a private cosmetic surgeon.

Professor Tim Woolford was trained in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery and went on to achieve a Doctorate in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Tim is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Laryngology and Otology, former President of the ENT Facial Plastic Surgery Society and is currently featured in Tatler’s Cosmetic Surgery Guide as Best for Noses. Tim has taught on the Edge Hill University Otolaryngology Master of Surgery (MCh) Programme and now leads the MCh in Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery for Edge Hill University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI).

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