Forensic Medical Examiner - Suffolk

Med Team Healthcare Ltd
£70,000 - £99,999
17 Feb 2019
20 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

FME Job Description

Job Outline

The FME must ensure that all police calls are attended promptly at any time of the day or night according to shift. It shall be the FME responsibility to make themselves available and are able to attend to the call within the given time constraints.

For all examinations the FME must accurately document findings. If required the FME must produce these as a written report for appropriate civil, criminal courts or other agencies. Whenever called upon to do so by the Police, the FME must attend at any Court (remunerated by the CPS) for the purpose of giving evidence.


Assessment/Treatment of illnesses and injuries, risk assessment

Determination of fitness to be detained/released/charged/transferred/interviewed in custody

Advise that an independent person is required to ensure rights for the vulnerable or mentally disordered

Comprehensive examination to assess a person's ability to drive a motor vehicle, in general medical terms and related to alcohol and drug misuse

Assessment of alcohol and drug intoxication and withdrawal and to retrieve blood samples-under the Road Traffic Act / Blood samples from a patient in hospital

Undertake intimate body searches for drugs

Documentation and interpretation of injuries

Documentation of injuries

Assess and treat personnel injured while on duty e.g. Police personnel including needle stick-injuries

Examine Victims and Assailants in alleged police assault

Take forensic samples

Examination and forensic sampling of persons suspected of serious crime

Pronounce life extinct at scene of death and undertake preliminary advisory role

Undertake mental state examinations whether informal or under the Mental Health Act

Examine alleged child victims of neglect or physical or sexual abuse

You may be required to carry out examinations suitable to your specific specialist skills

Provide telephone support and advice to healthcare professionals and or any representative-of a police force

Management of sexual offence victims or complainants

Documentation and interpretation of injuries

Take forensic samples

Examine adult complainants of serious sexual assault and the alleged perpetrators

Examine alleged child victims of neglect or physical or sexual abuse

Further Responsibilities

To carry out examinations in accordance with FFLM guidelines

To work within the scope of your professional registration

All police calls should be attended without delay

Arrival times, assessment start and end time should be confirmed via the HCP line

The FME must always remain to be seen as impartial, independent and without bias

To be available for court attendance when requested

To submit statements within 7 days of the request

To treat the detained person as a patient and make clear that no evidence can be treated in confidence

You must complete any form of documentation whether written or electronic are required from time to time by the Provider and Medical Services

FME Duties

To work outside the scope of the National Health Service, in providing a service to police for Police Health Support Services.

FME must be in the county of work at the start of shift and remain in the county until the end of shift unless otherwise direct by the Call Centre.

FMEs must not perform any duty that immediately precedes or follows a Shift.

Special Conditions

The Forensic Medical Examiner will work in accordance with the current joint publication of the British Medical Association and the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine and follow the principles outlined in the GMC Good Medical Practice.

All Forensic Medical Examiners providing services under this contract are deemed to practice as independent medical professionals exercising independent clinical judgment.

Key Competencies:

Flexible approach to work and workload

Discretion, confidentiality and integrity

Delivering great customer service

Acting professionally

Supporting and working with others

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills/Knowledge Required:

Good communication

Completed FY2

License to Practice

Medical Indemnity

Car plus license to drive

Diligence and empathy

Desirable Skills/Knowledge

Section 12.2 MHA


General Practice experience

Paediatric experience

A&E experience

Psychiatry experience

Gynecology experience

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