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24th October 2015
Date submitted : 2015-09-11
The FFLM is pleased to announce that its Annual Child Safeguarding Day will take place on Saturday 24th October 2015 at the Royal College of Physicians, Regent's Park, London. This year, the programme will focus predominantly on the highly topical subjects of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), and will approach these subject's both from a clinical and legal perspective. The provisional programme is available here and we look forward to seeing you at the RCP on the 24th October.
This is a level 3 course.
Press release: FFLM calls for delay to transfer of police custody health care to the NHS
28th September 2015
Date submitted : 2015-09-28
The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (FFLM), in a letter to the Home Secretary, has called for the NHS commissioning and funding of health care in police custody (planned for April 2016) to be delayed. The FFLM believes that current plans set out by NHS England (NHSE) will lead to a severe reduction in standards of care, and an increase in deaths in police custody.
In the letter to the Home Secretary, the FFLM welcomes her recent announcement of an independent review into police custody deaths in England and Wales, and has recommended that the review should be widened to examine the huge variations in the training and competences of healthcare professionals working in police custody and the need for appropriate qualifications and training. The requirements published by NHSE for the experience, training and qualifications of healthcare professions working in police custody fall far short of those needed to protect police detainees from serious harm.
The FFLM has called for these standards to be rewritten following the publication of the Home Secretary’s independent review, and for the transfer of NHS commissioning for police custody health care to be deferred until appropriate standards have been considered by all stakeholders in the proposed transfer, and the recommendations acted upon. The FFLM has insisted that the UK Association of Forensic Nurses and the College of Paramedics, representing healthcare professionals who provide the clinical and forensic medical needs for this vulnerable population, should also have a defined role in the review.
In a speech to the annual meeting of the UK Association of Forensic Nurses on 26 September 2015, the FFLM President, Dr Jason Payne-James said: "We have grave concerns that unless a realistic, properly informed assessment of the needs of this vulnerable patient group are properly addressed and funded, there is a very real risk that the upturn of deaths in police custody (and associated harms) will worsen. The FFLM has consistently recommended that all healthcare professionals working in police custody should be adequately trained, and that their competence to do so should be validated. The current commissioning specifications approved and published by NHSE are far too weak, leading to a worrying situation in which nurses, doctors and paramedics are now working in police custody without adequate training.”
Service specification for the clinical evaluation of children and young people who may have been sexually abused
18th September 2015
Date submitted : 2015-09-18
Following several requests from members to clarify FFLM guidance on the above, we have collaborated with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) to produce the new guidance on this subject in order to also comply with best practice, the increasing complexity of child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation and safeguarding.
Importantly, and following legal challenges to the care of young people in police custody (R(C) v SSHD and Metropolitan Police), this service specification has also been written to ensure that FFLM guidance complies with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly with regard to the examination of young people aged 16 to 18 years old.
Following consultation with the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN), the FFLM has therefore withdrawn its joint guidance with UKAFN on Quality Standards for Nurses – Sexual Offence Medicine (SOM) and this guidance will be subsequently revised.
Webinars for Forensic Practitioners
7th September 2015
Date submitted : 2015-07-23 | Filed under : Forensic Practitioners
The FFLM is pleased to announce the start of a series of webinars on common topics in General Forensic Medicine. A series of 10 webinars will be given by leading experts in the field and commence on a weekly basis beginning on Thursday 6 August. These webinars are designed for doctors, nurses and paramedics working in the police custody environment and will make ideal preparation for the LFFLM, MFFLM or just help meet your CPD requirements in forensic medicine.Read More...
3rd Annual SARC Best Practice Day
5th September 2015
Date submitted : 2015-06-01
The FFLM is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 3rd Annual SARC Best Practice Day on Sat 5th September 2015 at the Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London. The programme will be delivered by a range of expert speakers and will cover topics to ensure SARC best practice.
The programme is available here.
Recommendations for the collection of forensic specimens from complainants and suspects.
19th August 2015
Date submitted : 2015-08-19
The above document has now been updated. The next review date is January 2016. Please click here to access it.
Press release: Independent review of police custody deaths in England and Wales
24th July 2015
Date submitted : 2015-07-24 | Filed under : Medico-Legal Advisers
The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM) welcomes the announcement of an Independent Review of Police Custody Deaths in England and Wales announced by the Home Secretary, Theresa May. The FFLM is the Home Office approved institution that sets the standards of healthcare professionals involved in the care of the many vulnerable individuals detained in police custody. In particular, the FFLM believes that it is essential that the review must closely examine the current variable nature of healthcare professionals working in this field and the need for appropriate qualifications and training for such healthcare professionals which have been defined by the FFLM, in partnership with the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses and the College of Paramedics.
The review is very timely and should examine these matters in the light of the imminent transfer of responsibility of custodial care from the Home Office to the National Health Service. The FFLM is concerned that an already degraded healthcare system may worsen, rather than improve unless a realistic assessment of the needs of this vulnerable patient group are properly addressed and funded.
The FFLM considers that the proposed review is an ideal opportunity to raise the support for a system of healthcare in police custody which will reduce the risks of serious untoward events and avoidable deaths.
The FFLM welcomes the opportunity to assist the review. Ends.
Application to be an Examiner of The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM)
1st July 2015
Date submitted : 2012-05-29 | Filed under : Forensic Practitioners
The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM) is seeking to appoint additional examiners.Read More...
Royal Society of Medicine – Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine Meeting
19th and 20th June 2015
Date submitted : 2015-05-29
Dr Eddie Josse is retiring after 50 years as a Forensic Medical Examiner with the Metropolitan Police Service.Read More...
Annual Conference Photographs Released
15th June 2015
Date submitted : 2015-06-15
The FFLM Annual Conference was held in Bournemouth on May 1-2, 2015. Images of speakers and delegates can be seen here. All images are provided by kind permission of Eric Jenkins of the British Institute of Professional Photography (www.bipp.com).
FFLM Guidelines: Acute behavioural disturbance: guidelines on management in police custody
29th May 2015
Date submitted : 2015-05-29
The FFLM is currently reviewing the above guidance and would value the assistance of a psychiatrist who has expertise and experience of managing rapid tranquillisation in adults to help in this review.Read More...
Annual Conference - Bournemouth - 2015
29th May 2015
Date submitted : 2015-05-29
The Annual Conference saw the inauguration of Dr Jason Payne-James as Faculty President (shown below receiving the President’s badge of office from outgoing President, Dr Victoria Evans). Also taking office were Dr Michael Wilks (Registrar) and Dr Daniel Haines (Treasurer), taking over from respectively Dr Peter Schutte and Dr Mike Devlin.Read More...