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Course in General Forensic Medicine


Bookings now closed - Course dates to be set for 2020 - email forensic.medicine@fflm.ac.uk to be added to the waiting list

The Faculty is delighted to announce that the next 5-day Course in General Forensic Medicine, delivered by the FFLM and accredited by the University of Teesside will take place in London from Monday 30 September to Friday 04 October 2019.  The collaboration with Teesside University's School of Science, Engineering & Design has led to the accreditation of the course with students eligible to receive the University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development (UCPPD) in General Forensic Medicine (Level 7 Masters level 20 credits)

Students undertaking the Course in General Forensic Medicine are automatically enrolled for the UCPPD in General Forensic Medicine.  Students can study for a University award whilst undertaking duties within the working environment.

The Course consists of two areas of summative assessment; one assessment undertaken during the taught element of the Course, and a reflective case study completed within four weeks thereafter. 

This one-week Introductory Training Course in General Forensic Medicine is for health care professionals (HCPs): doctors, nurses, and paramedics. It is essential that you are able attend all five days of the course as this course cost is not transferable. 



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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