Training in the documentation of evidence of torture

In association with the Medact Preventing Torture initiative, the Global Health Section of the Royal Society of Medicine will be hosting a series of training sessions for clinicians who are called upon to produce medico-legal reports give oral evidence about survivors of torture. These will be half-day sessions, open and participation will be free of charge to members of any relevant NGO or working independently, and will be held on October 1st, 2014, December 3rd, 2014, February 26th, 2015 and March 26, 2015.Date: Wednesday 1st October 2014                     Wednesday 3rd December 2014                   Thursday 26 February 2015 Thursday 26 March 2015


1230 – 1400 – informal discussion of matters of mutual interest. Please bring lunch. 1400 – 1700 – Taking, reading and using clinical photographs of torture lesions Chair – Mr. David Rhys-Jones -Taking adequate photographs – Mr. Nick Marsh, senior forensic photographer, Metropolitan Police -Systematic reading of clinical images –Radiologist TBA -Use of clinical images in torture cases – Dr. Frank Arnold, Medact -General discussion – all     1230 – 1400 – informal discussion of matters of mutual interest. Please bring lunch. 1400 – 1700 – Taking the fear out giving evidence in court – role play of anonymised cases Doctors in the hot seat, giving evidence Chair – Mr. David Rhys-Jones -Mr. Paul Gulbenkian, Immigration Judge (retired) -Mr. Julian Wells, lately Home Office presenting Officer -Mr. Nick Armstrong, barrister, Matrix Chambers This session will be filmed by Mr. Ed Goldwyn for dissemination by Medact.   TBA TBA   Topics for the third and fourth meeting will be decided based on Session 1 & 2.   The topics suggested include: Psychological evidence – Prof. Cornelius Katona Scarring – Dr. Juliet Cohen Each session will be from 12:30 to 17:00. Please bring your lunch for the lunchtime discussion. Please note there will be a signup fee of £5 per session.

Click here to register your interest and get a ticket on the RSM website