Expansion of E-Learning – General Forensic Medicine (GFM)

The FFLM/Ulster University E-learning course was revised and updated in May 2020.

The course covers the following FFLM exams: DLM, MFFLM Part 1, LFFLM (SOM) and MFFLM (SOM) Part 2.

We are currently undertaking an expansion of the e-learning material to include General Forensic Medicine (GFM) with the aim of making the modules available to candidates from May 2020 onwards.

Therefore, we are seeking Members (who hold the MFFLM) to assist with the module content.

There is a £100 honorarium per module (in line with Faculty policy) and it is a good Quality Improvement Activity for appraisal purposes.

All the proposed modules are listed below.

Please respond to tessa.lewis@fflm.ac.uk outlining your interest.

Module Topics are

Module Topic
1

Initial Assessment

[maps to Module 1 syllabus]
Initial Contact
Triage of calls
– Risk assessment
– Liaising with police, legal authorities and clinical & professional colleagues {include roles e.g. custody sergeant, CDO etc.)
– Documentation
– Fitness to detain & interview
– Levels of observation
– Need for an AA/interpreter
– Balancing forensic & medical needs
– Suitability of premises
– When to escalate
– Sudden death
– Management plan & safety netting

2 CLINICAL ASSESSMENT & MANAGEMENT
[maps to Module 1 on syllabus]
Clinical content (also links with other modules in syllabus, but makes sense to have separate module)
– Head injury
– Injury assessment, interpretation & differential diagnosis
– Methods of restraint
– Intoxication& withdrawal
– Mental health & risk assessment
– Asthma
– Epilepsy
– Diabetes
– Pregnancy
– Dealing with medical emergencies
3 CONSENT & CONFIDENTIALITY
[Maps to Module 2 – syllabus]
Consent & confidentiality
– Intimate samples
– Road traffic procedures (specifically consent & confidentiality) – procedures are dealt with in Module 5 below
– Clinical implications ‘clouded competence’
– Limits of consent & confidentiality due to tension between forensic & medical
– Chaperones
4 DOCUMENTATION
[Maps to Module 2 – syllabus]
History taking, rapport building, open questioning
Proformas
Body maps
Mental health history taking & risk assessment
5 DRUGS, TRAFFIC MEDICINE & SCENES OF DEATH
[Maps to Module 3 examination]
Drugs
Assessment of symptoms
Assessment of non-engaging detainees
Traffic Medicine
Scene of death
6 PERSONAL SAFETY
[Maps to Module 1 & 3]
Personal safety
Minimising risk of BBV
Vicarious trauma
7 MANAGING MEDICATION IN CUSTODY
[Map to Module 4]
– Medication in custody, including CDs
– Schedules & classes of medication
– Arrangements for transfer
8 MENTAL HEALTH ACT ASSESSMENT
Management of acutely disturbed patients and those requiring detention under the MHA