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Autumn’s Competition still open

CLOSING DATE; 15th December 2015

 Digital Crime Scene Photography Module


We have one copy of this online module to give away to one lucky UKAFN member.  The module will cover all the basic aspects of forensic and crime scene photography and useful for anyone interested in forensic work.

To enter see: UKAFN Newsletter No 5 (Members only)



Forensic Gynaecology

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We have one copy of Cambridge University Press latest book titled Forensic Gynaecology.  The text currently retails at £55 and has 179 pages.  We are giving one lucky UKAFN member the opportunity to win their own copy.

To enter see: UKAFN Newsletter No 5 (Members only) 

MPS: Dame Elish review into Rape investigations and prosecutions

An independent review of how the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) investigate and prosecute rape cases, published today, 2 June, has provided a timely, informative and candid overview of our joint-working practices; which will act as a framework for major changes in the future.

In June 2014 the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, and Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders commissioned the Right Honourable Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC to conduct a victim-centred review of current protocols and procedures, and identify where improvements could be made.

This was as a result of a significant increase in the number of rape allegations made, either recent or non recent, in London in the year 2013 – 2014, following the high profile Operation Yewtree.

As part of the review, Dame Elish Angiolini DBE QC scrutinised working practices, reviewed sample case files and consulted with victims and other organisations to build an overall picture of the service to victims.

The Commissioner said: “We commissioned this report from Dame Elish following the large increase in the reporting of rape. Year on year, victims have demonstrated the confidence to come forward and report this most horrendous of crimes.

DOWNLOAD: Dame Elish Review (pdf)


Nursing Standard: Assessing fitness to detain in police custody

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This article outlines the role of the custody nurse in assessing an individual’s fitness to be detained. It addresses all aspects of the assessment, including consent, responsibilities and the structure of the clinical examination. It explores ways to ensure that the detainee’s rights and welfare are maintained and their healthcare needs are met. It offers guidance on preparing a care plan for detained individuals that the police can implement.


Doctors, nurses and paramedics working in police custody call for standards to protect patients and avoid miscarriages of justice

In 2015 the Government have commissioned an independent review into Deaths and serious incidents in custody. In October 2015 Dame Elish Angiolini, DBE, QC, FRSA, was appointed to lead this review.

As professional bodies whose primary agenda is to raise standards, provide a competent workforce with integrity UKAFN along with the FFLM and the College of Paramedics believe that this review should examine the current variations in the training and competence of healthcare professionals working in this field, as well as the need for appropriate qualifications and training.

UKAFN and our clinical partners have drafted the following press release. We have also written to Dame Elish to voice this view and request our representatives are included in her review panel moving forward.

If you have any feedback on this please contact UKAFN at

Press release Oct 26th FINAL

FFLM Revision study days.

The FFLM have asked us to help advertise their up coming study days. They are holding revision study days. One for sexual offences in December followed by one for general forensic medicine in January 2016.

Details of the SOM day with the days schedule can be found in the ‘courses’ tab of our website.

ASET Course September 2015

We are currently recruiting for a new cohort starting in September 2015.  In order to qualify you must have been a Registered Health Professional for at least 4 years (2 years for Paramedics), 2 of which must have been in an associated profession.  You must be currently working at an Advanced level within a Custodial or Sexual Assault setting and be able to identify a Preceptor as per the criteria attached.  We must receive the original hard copy of the signed Preceptor Form before we can confirm your place.

The Postgraduate Certificate Stage of the award is professionally badged by the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN) in that it meets their criteria for Advanced Practice in Education and Training (ASET) in Forensic Practice and successful PgCert Students will also receive a UKAFN ASET Certificate.

Although you do not have to have a degree to enrol on the award, you will have to demonstrate recent academic achievement at that level or above.  If you would like some advice on this please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Please find attached course information, Preceptor Criteria and a separate Reference Request Form. The University is now using an online application system for admissions. The links are as follows:
You must include the following documents with your application:
•       Two references
•       Academic Certificates
•       Transcripts
•       Evidence of English Language Qualification (if required)
•       Original hard copy of the signed Preceptor Form (This will have to be sent by post or handed in at Reception)

Your referees can complete and return the attached blank reference forms or they can send a letter (on letter-headed paper) to  Alternatively, they can be sent to The Lifelong Learning Team, Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University, Blackheath Lane, Stafford, ST18 0AD, England.

If you would like more information please contact me the award leader on the numbers below

Margaret Bannerman
SFHEA MSc BSc (Hons)  RN Dip HE  Cert Med Ed PgCert RM
Associate Professor of Enterprise and Education Development
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Blackheath Lane

Tel    01785 353852
Mob  07766 520323
Fax   01785 353673

Expert Evidence

In 2014 the CPS produced a document about Expert Evidence and being an Expert witness. Whilst this is not strictly applicable for our roles, as we are Professional Witnesses it has been added to the website for you to have a read through.

You may pick up some transferable skills and knowledge.

Happy reading.

Expert Evidence – First edition – 2014

Forensic Exhibition in London

Ongoing in London until the middle of June is a Forensic Exhibition.

‘Forensics: the anatomy of crime’ explores the history, science and art of forensic medicine. It travels from crime scene to courtroom, across centuries and continents, exploring the specialisms of those involved in the delicate processes of collecting, analysing and presenting medical evidence. It draws out the stories of victims, suspects and investigators of violent crimes, and our enduring cultural fascination with death and detection.

The exhibition contains original evidence, archival material, photographic documentation, film footage, forensic instruments and specimens, and is rich with artworks offering both unsettling and intimate responses to traumatic events. Challenging familiar views of forensic medicine shaped by fictions that came out of the sensational reporting of late Victorian murder cases and popular crime dramas, ‘Forensics’ highlights the complex entwining of law and medicine, and the scientific methods it calls upon and creates.

For more information see

IPCC Learning the Lessons Bulletin – Custody

In March 2015 the IPCC Learning the Lessons Bulletin No. 23 is solely around custody.

It reviews several case studies, some which resulted in deaths and others that didn’t. The case studies cover many areas including Section 136 detainees, head injuries, intoxication levels, rousing detainees, and drunk and incapable to name a few.

Following each case study is a ‘key questions’ section, and the over-arching question being – ‘Could it happen here?’

Link is attached and well worth a read.

IPCC Learing the Lessons 23 – Custody