About Mr Holburn

Mr C J Holburn – Medico-Legal CV
QualificationsMr Colin Holburn

  • MB ChB (Edinburgh University) 1981
  • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) 1986
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine 1993

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Brief CV of Mr Colin J Holburn MB ChB FRCS(Ed) FRCEM

Consultant in Emergency Medicine


Batchelor of Medicine, Batchelor of Surgery Edinburgh 1981

Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) January 1986

Fellow Royal College of Emergency Medicine June 1993

Brief outline of experience

Following graduation I undertook general professional training in surgical disciplines obtaining the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons at the end of that period.

Specialist training in Emergency Medicine followed with accreditation in Emergency Medicine being obtained in September 1991 and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in 1993. I am on the Specialist Register in Emergency Medicine.

I was appointed as Consultant in Emergency Medicine to Sandwell Health Authority in February 1992 in charge of the Emergency Department of Sandwell General Hospital. I continue to work in the same department, although have recently moved to part time work. I was the Divisional Director for Emergency Care at Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust responsible for 2 Emergency Departments and Assessment units from 2004-2007 and clinical lead for Emergency Medicine for the Trust from 2013-15

I have been actively involved in the Training committee in Emergency Medicine and from 2007- 2012 was the Head of Training for Emergency Medicine in the West Midlands. I was the Chair of the Training Standards Committee at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine from 2012-15 responsible for the oversight of training nationally and sat for the same period on the Council of the Royal College.

I am an examiner for the Fellowship Examination at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

I am an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor, and have been an Advanced Cardiac Life Support provider, instructor and course director, and an Advanced Paediatric Life Support provider and instructor.

I have been the Trust clinical lead for Emergency Planning and represent the Royal College on the Clinical Reference Group for Emergency Planning Risk and Resilience at NHS England.

I undertake medico-legal reporting for both claimant and defendant involving clinical negligence in the Emergency Department. I have appeared in court within the last year to give evidence.

I have also been instructed by a number of HM Coroners to provide expert evidence for inquests regarding care in the Emergency Department.

I have attended training in both report writing and giving evidence and am a member of both the Academy of Experts and the Expert Witness Institute and have recently been elected as a Governor (Director) of the EWI.


1. Serum potassium responses to nebulized salbutamol administered during an acute asthmatic attack.

DaCruz D, Holburn C.

Arch Emerg Med. 1989 Mar;6(1):22-6.

PMID: 2712984 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


2. Pulse oximetry in the accident and emergency department.

Holburn CJ, Allen MJ.

Arch Emerg Med. 1989 Jun;6(2):137-42.

PMID: 2742667 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article


3. Multiple pulmonary missile emboli.

Buckels JA, Holburn C, Bonser R, Shanahan JC, Lawson LJ.

Injury. 1986 Mar;17(2):129-30. No abstract available.

PMID: 3770901 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]


Healthcare Professionals as Witnesses to the Court


Colin J. Holburn, Sandwell General Hospital, West Midlands

Catherine Bond, Bond Solon Training, London

Mark Solon, Bond Solon Training, London

Suzanne Burn

Date Published: April 2000

isbn: 9781900151221

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