Foundation Membership – Clinicians Working in Secure and Detained Settings (SDS)

Closing 31 July 2024

We are delighted to be able to welcome clinicians from the whole multidisciplinary team working in secure and detained settings. We look forward to coming together to develop training, competency frameworks and education to continue to improve quality of care and drive patient safety for this vulnerable group by strengthening relationships between clinicians working across the forensic and legal medicine sector throughout the criminal justice system.

Membership Benefits

Members have:

Access to Members’ only content e.g. documents, committee information, Members list

Access to the Royal College of Physicians Library and Information Centre

Access to the Royal College of Physicians Accommodation

Access to FFLM member rate for courses and conferences

Access to FFLM weekly bulletin

Online access to the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine

Access to connect to the FFLM’s GMC-appointed Suitable Person

Access to our list of Appraisers

Post-nominals MFFLM

Diploma of Membership

Voting rights

Description of Benefits

Eligibility & Application

A very special opportunity is presently available for Clinicians Working in Secure and Detained Settings (SDS) to become Foundation Members of FFLM.

Applications for Foundation Membership of the FFLM are strictly time limited and will be considered only from 01 August 2021 until the closing time of 23.59 on 31 July 2024, after which time, admission to  Clinicians Working in Secure and Detained Settings (SDS) Membership of the Faculty will be by examination only.

The criteria used by other Royal Colleges for Foundation status have been adapted as the basis for Foundation Membership of the FFLM.

  • These criteria are:
  • a minimum THREE years experience in their respective speciality in the secure and detained environment setting
  • possession of the relevant postgraduate qualification(s) in a medical specialty for SDS that is Membership/Fellowship Royal College of General Practitioners or equivalent (JCPTGP)/Membership/Fellowship Royal College of Psychiatrists

Additionally, Affiliate Membership is available to clinicians working within secure and detained settings who are currently registered with:

  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • The General Dental Council
  • The General Optical Council
  • The General Pharmaceutical Council
  • The Health Care Professions Council

Applicants for our Affiliate Membership can use our standard membership application form.

Detailed guidance notes have been prepared to assist applicants, nominees and referees in completion of their applications and to assist them in presenting their application.

If you meet the requirements, you may complete the application form (below) and referee form for consideration at the next Membership & Fellowship Committee (MFC).  The submission closing dates are available for each meeting held during the year.  It is important not to miss the Foundation closing date, so we would recommend not leaving your application until 31 July 2024, as incomplete applications will not be considered.

If the MFC approve your application, you then need to complete and sign a Form of Faith, make your subscription  and application fee payment, and then your membership will be shared with the Board for ratification to complete the process.  After Board ratification, your diploma certificate will be prepared and you will have the choice to have this presented at the next Annual General Meeting, or posted to you.


If you are a qualified healthcare professional, the FFLM needs to verify that you are registered with a professional regulatory body and that you are in good standing. Please provide the web address of your regulatory body to enable the FFLM to verify your status on-line. If you know it is not possible to verify your status on-line with your particular regulatory body, then please provide the full name and postal address of the body. The Board may exercise its discretion on a case by case basis and allow you, if you do allied work, or if you are in training, to join as an Affiliate member even if you are not registered with a regulatory body.

Please note: If you are a healthcare professional and the FFLM cannot verify that you are in good standing with a professional regulatory body, then your application for membership will not be successful.


Application fee – £300

UK Annual Membership – £549

Overseas Annual Membership – £274.50

Affiliate SDS Membership £109