Francis Morris is an Expert in Emergency Medicine (A & E) living and working Sheffield specialising in clinical negligence work.
He qualified in 1982 and has over 30 years experience in Emergency Medicine. He was Clinical Director in Sheffield from 1997 to 2016 and oversaw the Emergency Department, Minor Injuries Unit, the Major Trauma Centre and the department of Acute Medicine.
In April 2017, his role as a Consultant changed to focus exclusively on clinical governance and risk. He was responsible for investigating all clinical incidents, claims and some complaints and reducing risk in the Emergency Department and Major Trauma Centre at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. This role involved interviewing staff and patients to identify the root cause of errors allowing the completion of Serious Untoward Incident (SUI) reports for families and the Coroner.
Mr Morris retired from the NHS in 2021 but has an ongoing role teaching ED clinicians and has been preparing clinical negligence reports for the past 29 years and estimates that he has produced over 3500 reports to date.
He finds clinical negligence work informative, educational and that the lessons learned help to improve patient safety. He has the expertise to comment upon all aspects of management in the Emergency Department.
He has participated in multiple Case Conferences and has prepared many joint statements with other experts and given evidence in the County, High and Coroners court as recently as February 2020. He has to date been instructed by claimant representatives (90%) and by the defendants representation (10%).
The reports he has completed over the last 29 years include:
Most frequent (20 plus)
Cauda Equina/back pain
Acute knee injuries (especially ACL rupture)
Deep venous thrombosis
Achilles tendon rupture
Frequent (10 plus)
Soft tissue infections (including necrotising fasciitis)
Encephalitis and meningitis
Tropical illness eg malaria
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Deliberate self harm
Alcohol related problems
Drug side effects
Francis Morris is the author of seven books on Emergency Medicine and regularly talks at medico-legal conferences. He has published over 60 papers in medical journals during his career, with a particular emphasis upon chest pain assessment, the electrocardiogram (ECG) and deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) (FRCP), a Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (FRCEM), passed the FRCS (A&E section) exam from Edinburgh 1987, Registered with Action for Victims of Medical Accident (AvMA).