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Course in General Forensic Medicine

The FFLM offers a one-week Introductory Training Course in General Forensic Medicine for health care professionals (HCPs): doctors, nurses, and paramedics.

SAVE THE DATE - Bookings will open soon, when the course cost is confirmed.

The next course will be from Monday 30 September to Friday 04 October 2019.  It is essential that you are able attend all five days of the course. 

Who should attend:

Newly appointed or prospective forensic physicians, nurses and paramedics.

The course covers the following 5 modules:

Module 1

Role of the Healthcare Professional (HCP) working in a multidisciplinary team; Police organisation and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act; Personal Safety; Consent, confidentiality and ethics; Safeguarding; Record keeping.

Module 2

Fitness to detain, transfer, interview, charge and release; Administration of medication; Assessment of mental health, role of approved mental health professional, appropriate adults, liaison and diversion.

Module 3

Traffic medicine – procedures under the Road Traffic Acts; Substance misuse and comorbidity; Intimate searches; Forensic science and sampling.

Module 4

Documentation, interpretation, and management of injuries; Types of restraint – handcuffs, irritant sprays, batons, TASER; the HCP at the scene of death; Death in custody and the role of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and Coroner.

Module 5

Report writing; The Court system; Courtroom skills assessment.

Training is provided by experienced forensic physicians. Handouts and supporting materials will be provided along with a course reading list. 

The course is assessed in three areas:

  • Witness Statement & Medical Notes;
  • Court Room Presentation;
  • Multi Choice Questionnaire
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