FFLM President-Elect

We are very pleased to announce that the next President of our Faculty will be Professor Carol Seymour. She will take up office at the AGM in May 2017, in Belfast.

Prof Seymour is a senior medico-legal adviser with the Medical Protection Society, a barrister (entering Bar in 2001, member of Gray’s Inn), an academic metabolic medicine physician, and, since 2003, an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School and University of London.

In the past she was Academic Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians; an elected Councillor of that College; Fellow and past Director of Medical Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge; Foundation Director for Clinical Advice to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. She was on the steering group in promoting the acceptance of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM) within the Royal College of Physicians. She is a foundation Fellow of the FFLM and from 2014 to 2016 she was FFLM’s Vice President (MLA).

She has extensive past experience as an academic physician; as an examiner, and Chair of Examiners, for undergraduate medical degrees for 6 Universities, PhD/MD examiner for Oxford, Cambridge and London, PACES examiner for MRCP(UK) until 2013, for FRCPath and more recently for our MFFLM and DLM.

In addition as a lecturer, since 2003 giving lectures, seminars and interactive sessions on medico-legal, ethical and legal issues to a wide range of audiences including medical students, trainee doctors and nurses, doctors, nurses and pharmacist amongst others.

As FFLM President, she will continue to promote the standards of medico-legal practice by establishing competencies in practice, further development of CPD programmes and revalidation for medico-legal practice, and encourage research to ensure the highest standard of training and practice to reassure the public and the profession, both medical and legal.

An essential part of these objectives is to continue the work for application for specialty status for forensic and legal medicine, and a structured, but flexible, career pathway, through the newly established Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) of the RCP and to develop the role of the Faculty as a member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties.

Forensic and legal medicine has unique challenges in the interaction of its practitioners, whether forensic or sexual offences clinicians, medico-legal advisers or medically qualified Coroners, with the police, the judiciary, the courts or in supporting/defending health professionals in difficulties with their Trusts, hospitals and regulatory bodies. She will also seek to include in Faculty membership/fellowship medico-legal practitioners such as dento-legal advisers, medical examiners and to develop the role of the dual qualified, medical and legal, Coroners.

The current FFLM President, Dr Jason Payne-James says: “I am absolutely delighted that Prof Carol Seymour will be the next President of the FFLM. Carol’s contribution to the FFLM and to forensic and legal medicine has been enormous,  most recently as Vice-President, Medico-Legal Advisers, and as the first chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Forensic & Legal Medicine at the JRCPTB. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Carol in the next few months on the multiple strands of FFLM strategy, policy and initiatives”.