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Proforma – Fitness for detention and interview

This form has been designed by Prof Ian Wall for use by Forensic Physicians (also known as Forensic Medical Officers in N. Ireland) and Healthcare Professionals.

The form is provided to assist Forensic Physicians and Healthcare Professionals in determining whether a person is fit to detain and interview.

It has been updated with the addition of an Appendix outlining the relevant legislation and with an Aide Memoire for the assessment of Fitness to be Interviewed by the Police. The assessment for fitness to be interviewed is more than that required for fitness to be detained and the conclusions/opinion of the HCP may be challenged in Court.

The form is to be regarded as an aide-mémoire and it is therefore not necessary for all parts of the form to be completed.

On completion, this form is the personal property of the examining doctor/Healthcare Professional.