Secure and Detained Settings (SDS) Champion Group

SDS Champion Group Meeting Dates


January 2024 (Date TBC)


SDS Champion Group Members

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Committee members

Huda Al-Hadithy

Abi Bartlett

Dr Iain Brew

Dr Alex Bunn

Tom Cromwell

Catherine Glover

Sommaya Hussain

Richard Kirk

Chris Kelly

Karen Massey

Terms of Reference

1. Purpose

  • To develop multidisciplinary training material for staff working in secure environments.
  • To ensure strategies are in place to promote good practice
  • To identify and promote implementation of national policy and guidelines
  • To reflect and learn from incidents and develop further training when the need is identified
  • To encourage multidisciplinary team working and learning
  • To evidence multidisciplinary team working, reflection and learning.
  • Develop local strategies with a collaborative approach to safeguarding.
  • Encourage and share good practice across providers at a national level
  • To develop competency frameworks and accreditation

This group is committed to best practice and evidence-based medicine to support the safe and equivalent delivery of healthcare in secure environments.

2. Membership and quorum

The group shall consist of as many of the following as possible:

  • Provider representatives GPs or AHPs
  • RCGP SEG representative
  • NMC representative
  • Pharmacy Representative
  • DHSC representative
  • Substance misuse specialist
  • Allied healthcare professional
  • Trainee representative
  • Sessional/locum representative
  • Mental health professional
  • FFLM secretariat

The chair will be a rolling chair to enable differing leadership styles to be shared  while in the formation stage to be reviewed then look to a 6-12 monthly tenure

Quorum is attained when 2 providers including a GP or nurse and a psychiatrist is present

Minutes from this meeting will be shared with:

  • FFLM via the secretariat
  • RC Psych QNFMHS via the nominated mental health representtve
  • RCN via the nominated nursing represented
  • RCGP SEG and BMA on request, oral updates will be provided at committee meetings by the nominated representatives

3. Attendance

Other clinicians working in secure environments may be invited to attend if they are leading on a particular project that would benefit from wider sharing.

4. Frequency of Meetings

Meetings shall initially be held monthly. This will be reviewed as the group becomes more established.

5. Roles and Responsibilities of the Group

  • To review and ratify policies and protocols to ensure good professional practice and quality in line with local and national guidance
  • To discuss frequently occurring complex cases either to share learning or to assist in resolution.
  • To review and share any learning from providers or PPO reports
  • To develop a curriculum and accreditation for all healthcare workers working in the secure and detained setting
  • To develop learning resources for CPD and accreditation

6. Administration details

  • Agenda and papers to be distributed 7 days before the meeting
  • Minutes of the meeting to be distributed no later than 14 days after the meeting

7. Review

The Group will review its Terms of Reference annually as this is a formative group and will likely be subject to change.

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