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Mr. Christopher Phillips

Professional Description:

Consultant in Emergency Medicine



P.O. Box 614
Area of work:

North East and Nationwide


Mr Chris Phillips was appointed as a consultant in Emergency Medicine in 1996 and is based at Sunderland Royal Hospital. After graduating from Newcastle University in 1996, he undertook training in general surgery when he gained a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, before embarking on training in Accident & Emergency Medicine. In 1996, he was awarded a Fellowship of the then Faculty of Accident & Emergency Medicine, now the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. He has been an examiner for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine for over 10 years.

Mr Phillips has a particular interest in teaching and is a course director for the Royal College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support Course and is an instructor on the national Advanced Life Support Course and Generic Instructor Course. He has written a suture manual for Emergency Department practitioners and continues to manage a large IT system that provides up to date guidance for ED clinicians on the management of a wide range of clinical conditions.

Mr Phillips is the Clinical Governance lead for the Emergency Departments at South Tyneside & Sunderland, where his key role is the constant improvement in standards of care by ensuring adherence to national and local guidelines and embedding learning from complaints and clinical incidents.

Having worked in Emergency Medicine for 30 years, Mr Phillips has considerable experience in the wide range of conditions that may present to the Emergency Department as a result of which, he is an accomplished senior clinician who has attained credibility in providing expert advice regarding the standard of care provided to attendees of the Emergency Department. He has been involved in the production of medicolegal reports since 1997 and in that time has written over 4000 reports dealing with personal injury, mainly at the request of the claimant’s solicitors. In 20/21, he produced around 90 reports for personal injury cases and around 30 for clinical negligence cases. Examples of conditions where Mr Phillips has provided medical reports addressing alleged clinical negligence include missed/delayed diagnosis of stroke; missed/delayed diagnosis of subarachnoid haemorrhage, delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome; delayed management of sepsis; delayed management of significant soft tissue infections; missed fractures; missed tendon & nerve hand injuries; missed diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis & pulmonary embolism; missed diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome/heart attack; missed diagnosis of acute aortic dissection and delayed diagnosis of appendicitis.

Mr Phillips has also produced independent reports at the request of HM Coroner and has provided evidence in the Coroner’s Court on two occasions in the last year.

Mr Phillips has a special interest in complaint resolution and has previously worked as an expert Clinical Advisor to the Healthcare Commission when he received several commendations for his reports, and as a Specialty Advisor to the Care Quality Commission.

Mr Phillips is a vetted member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses and the Expert Witness Institute and is also a member of the AvMA panel of experts.

Mr Phillips has undertaken specific expert witness training and has maintained CPD through regular attendance at medico-legal Conferences, workshops and seminars. He is based in the North East but can be instructed for cases throughout the UK including Scotland.



Medico-Legal courses attended; Whiplash Conference, AvMA 2011. Transparency and Candour post Mid-Staffordshire, AvMA 2013. Complaints & Litigation study day, RCEM 2015. Essential knowledge for the Expert Witness, British Medical Association 2015. Completed accreditation training, MedCo 2016. Annual Clinical Negligence Seminar, Premex 2016. Expert Witness Certificate, Cardiff University Law School 2018. Expert Witness conference, Bond Solon 2019, 2020, 2021. Clinical negligence Essentials, Bond Solon 2021. Experts’ meetings, Bond Solon 2021. Experts’ discussions & joint statements, Expert Witness Institute 2021. Law for Experts - Scotland, Expert Witness Institute 2021.


Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, AvMA panel of experts, UK Register of Expert Witnesses (vetted), Member of the Expert Witness Institute, North of England Medico-Legal Society.

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