Jo Delaforce – UKAFN Founding President 2007-2014 & Matron at the Havens SARC London
Jo Delaforce has spent many years working in a variety of acute medical and surgical specialities since 1982 including sexual health, eight years in a busy South London A&E department. Jo started her career at the Havens in 2000 as a Practice Development Nurse and has been the Matron for the Haven service since 2011. Jo has been involved in its development and growth to achieve the title centre of excellence in providing care for victims of sexual violence.
In 2004 Jo received a Commendation by the assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for “Outstanding dedication and commitment to improving the service to victims of serious sexual assault”. In 2005 Jo graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Sexology. As well as completing the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners course in California USA.
Jo was also heavily involved in the “Care and Evidence” awareness training DVD. As well as the “Clinical guidance for forensic examination following sexual assault.” DVD. Jo was also awarded the Nursing Standard Sexual Health Nurse of the year 2007.
Finally, Jo highlighted the importance and the need for the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN) and was the main driving force behind the creation of the UKAFN. Launched in 2007 which is now a recognised forensic association for nurses and specialist’s working in the field of forensic and custody care.
Ruth Henry – UKAFN Advisor
In a previous life, Ruth began her career training as a nurse RGN working in general nursing, then specialised in psychiatric nursing, RMN, followed by community nursing. She went on to work in HIV prevention within the NHS and managing HIV projects in the voluntary sector. She has developed a broad experience in managing innovative projects and services in the field of sexuality, equalities, sexual health and delivering training to statutory agencies including police, health boards, Scottish Govt. and voluntary organisations. She has worked for organisations such as Stonewall, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Family Planning Association and Communities Scotland. She is currently the manager of Archway, Scotland’s only SARC based in Glasgow.
Dee Inott – UKAFN Advisor
Dee’s Nursing career spans over 28 years. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse, working as a ward nurse and Manager in Women’s Health, Gynaecology, Sexual Health and Contraceptive services in Lancashire, West Midlands and London. She also served with HM Forces in The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and served in Aldershot, Northern Ireland between 1985 ‘ 1988.
She served during the first Gulf conflict in 1990 with 32 Field Hospital in Saudi Arabia. During her career, Dee also worked at HMP Pentonville in London as a Prison Healthcare Nurse.
The wide range of management and clinical experience has led Dee to the Lancashire SAFE Centre where she worked as a Crisis Worker until taking up the post in February 2008 as the Forensic Nurse Examiner.Dee sees and examines post-pubertal, adult male & female victims of sexual assault rape & domestic violence, offering a complete holistic service to the victims she sees. She undertakes writing ‘Factual Statements’ for Court if the case proceeds and has been called to Court as a witness and given Evidence in a case she examined. Her role includes assisting in the into the training of Junior to Senior police officers at the Lancashire Constabulary HQ around the function & role of the Lancashire SAFE Centre.
Post Registration training has included a BSc (HONS) Nurse Practitioner Degree, PG Cert in Advanced Health Care Practice, a course in Forensic Medicine Examination for Rape & Sexual Assault, Certificate in Counselling and she is an Independent Medical Prescriber.
Dee received an award and was highly commended at the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Quality Awards 2010 in the Special Governors category for the development of the role of the FNE at The Lancashire SAFE Centre. Dee received a Divisional Commanders Commendation for Engagement & multi-agency working practice with the Aquamarine Team Blackpool from Lancashire Constabulary June 2010.