The UKAFN team are already working hard to make next years Conference another great event. As always we are keen to hear from you, the members, about what you want the conference to focus on. Our aim is the create an exciting, interesting & informative conference that meets the needs of you, as frontline healthcare professionals.
The FFLM have liaised with Elsevier and the following articles from the Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (Second Edition) have been made available, free of charge:
• Mental Health: Suicide in the Criminal Justice System – Prevalence, Risk Factors, Prediction, and Prevention –http://bit.ly/2x2PUGw
• Terrorism: Terrorism – Medicolegal Aspects – http://bit.ly/2wr5hF5.
Access will be free for three months.
The FFLM hope you will enjoy reading them and that you will consider buying the Encyclopedia.
#UKAFNConf17 | ‘If you tolerate this then your children could be next’
I can’t even describe how proud I am to have been part of today’s annual UKAFN conference. I want to say a big thank you to everyone involved, the team, all of our speakers and chair and to all the delegates who made it another huge success.
I hope it reminded you all of the difficult but interesting and wonderful job we do and why we do it.
Someone said to me at the end ‘how do we top this one’ I don’t know but we will do our best. ￼
Here’s to 2018!!!
Sepsis kills about 37,000 people in England every year. It causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive and can lead to organ failure and death. Individuals at increased risk of sepsis includes;
- People who inject drugs
- Immunocompromised individuals
Sepsis symptoms in older children and adults
Early symptoms of sepsis may include:
- a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
- chills and shivering
- a fast heartbeat
- fast breathing
In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock (when your blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level) develop soon after.
These can include:
- feeling dizzy or faint
- a change in mental state – such as confusion or disorientation
- nausea and vomiting
- slurred speech
- severe muscle pain
- severe breathlessness
- less urine production than normal – for example, not urinating for a day
- cold, clammy and pale or mottled skin
- loss of consciousness
The FFLM’s Examinations LFFLM (SOM), previously called DFCASA. The October 2017 session’s application period is now open. Please see below the links you need.
- The application form (It is the same one for all exams. Please read the questions and comments carefully before you fill it in);
- The payment link: LFFLM (SOM) Part 1
The closing date for applications is on Friday 15 September. Applications received after this date will not be accepted unless the delay was caused by exceptional circumstances.
The exams will take place on Friday 13 October at the Library of the Royal College of Physicians.
Once the FFLM have received your complete application form and your payment an email will be sent out to confirm receipt.
If you have any queries about the above please contact the FFLM’s Examinations Manager, Jay C Barton-Costa, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study title: Exploring the attitudes of police custody healthcare professionals towards individuals who self-harm in police custody suites across the United Kingdom
Researcher name: Matthew Peel [email@example.com]
Academic supervisor: Marg Bannerman [M.A.Bannerman@staffs.ac.uk]
Programme: MSc Advanced Forensic Practice (custody professional)
Module: Masters Dissertation
Nurse & Paramedics working in Police Custody (full-time, part-time, ad-hoc) are invited to take part in a study exploring the attitude of custody nurses and paramedics towards self-harm. Whether or not you take part is your choice. If you do wish to take part now, but change your mind before you complete the questionnaire, your responses will not be recorded. Because all responses are entirely anonymous, once completed, it is not possible to withdraw your responses.
This participant information sheet will help you decide if you would like to take part. It sets out why I am undertaking the study, what your participation would involve, what the benefits and risks to you might be, and what would happen after the study ends. If you have any questions that are not answered within this information sheet, please do not hesitate to contact me using the email address above.
If you agree to take part in this study please follow the link below and follow the on-screen instructions.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY?
The aim of the project is to explore the attitude of nurses and paramedics who work in police custody settings towards individuals who self-harm in police custody.
WHAT WILL MY PARTICIPATION IN THE STUDY INVOLVE?
If you agree to participate, you will be directed to an anonymous online questionnaire about your attitude towards self-harm. It is expected completing the questionnaire will take no longer than 10-15 minutes. You are only required to complete the questionnaire once and you will not be contacted again.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS AND RISKS OF THE STUDY?
There are no direct benefits from taking part in this research, other than the benefit of reflecting on your practice and adding to the available research surrounding police custody healthcare.
WHAT IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG?
If you have problems with the online questionnaire please contact the researcher Matthew Peel directly, using either the email or phone number provided.
Because exploring your attitude towards self-harm may be emotive, you may following the questionnaire feel distressed, upset or emotional. Please see Self-Harm & Mental Health Support Agencies
WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?
- You have the right to decide to participate, or not, without prejudice.
- Please note, once submitted responses cannot be withdrawn.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE STUDY OR IF I CHANGE MY MIND?
You will not be contacted after the study and there is no follow-up. Because all responses are entirely anonymous it is not possible for the researcher to identify specific responses. Therefore, once completed your responses cannot be withdrawn from the study.
HOW WILL THE DATA BE STORED?
All the data is entirely anonymous. All the anonymous research data (computer files) will be stored electronically on a password-protected memory stick for 10 years and backed-up on the University’s secure cloud storage. After 10 years the data will be destroyed. Only the researcher (student) and the academic supervisors will have access to the data, for analysis and supervision. The data may also be used to prepare a research paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION OR IF I HAVE CONCERNS?
- Student/Researcher: Matthew Peel
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 07834518390
- Academic supervisor: Marg Bannerman
- Email: M.A.Bannerman@staffs.ac.uk
- Telephone: 01785 353852
The Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM) needs your views…
The FFLM is keen to learn more about independent providers of custody health care, as well as updating the information they have on the management teams within each of the organisations.
One of the FFLM Board members has developed a brief, anonymous questionnaire – Can you spare a couple of minutes to fill it in for them?
The FFLM is especially eager to hear from those working in police custody healthcare. It’s a five minute job and can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SQTCF5Z
SUMMARY: Police custody is a complex area of policing which requires Police Scotland to carefully balance the risks associated with detainees, the new localism agenda and making efficiency savings. With the move to a national Custody Division as part of Police Scotland now beginning to mature, it is an important time to assess how variation in custody practices impacts on police staff and on detainees. This pilot study used qualitative methods to investigate the challenges around risk and efficiency in two separate police custody environments – one rural and one urban. The study found that staffing, healthcare, the Police Scotland custody estate and trust are key for understanding how risks can be minimised and efficiency maximised. The study identified a series of recommendations which if implemented would help improve police custody in Scotland. The study also identifies a series of gaps in the systematic knowledge base which, if addressed, would assist in developing and supporting the recommendations we have identified.
- There were 14 deaths in or following police custody, the same figure as recorded last year, and broadly in line with the average number of such deaths over the last eight years. This has remained at less than half the number recorded when the IPCC was first set up.
- There were six fatal police shootings, the highest recorded figure since 2004/05. One of these was terrorism-related. Three are subject to ongoing IPCC investigations, and three are completed.
- There were 32 road traffic fatalities, an increase of 11 on last year, the highest figure recorded in the last eight years. 28 of the deaths were from police pursuit-related incidents, more than double the figure for last year (13).
- There were 55 apparent suicides following police custody, compared to 60 recorded the previous year. This is the second consecutive yearly decrease and the lowest figure recorded since 2012/13.
- The IPCC also investigated 124 other deaths following contact with the police in a wide range of circumstances, up from 102 the previous year. This reflects a substantial increase in the number of independent investigations the IPCC is carrying out, with additional resources, rather than any definite rise in people dying in such circumstances. This category is dependent on the IPCC conducting an independent investigation.
As in previous years, mental health and links to drugs or alcohol were common factors among many of those who died:
– Eight of the 14 people who died in or following police custody and almost three-quarters (40) of those who apparently died by suicide after release from custody had mental health concerns.
– 11 people who died in or following police custody and almost half (26) of those who died by apparent suicide following custody had links to drugs and/or alcohol.
- Of the 124 ‘other deaths’ category, 101 fatalities followed contact with the police, either directly or indirectly, after concerns were raised about someone’s welfare – of these, 26 related to concern for the person’s health, possible injuries, intoxication or general well-being. 21 fatalities followed concern for welfare linked to domestic related incidents – broadly the same proportion as last year.
- Of the 55 apparent suicides, 29 (53%) of those who died had been arrested for an alleged sexual offence – 26 (47%) of these involved offences against children. These are the highest proportions recorded since 2004/05.