Earlier in the year, and in partnership with the Scottish Government we undertook a survey to gauge awareness of the work of a Forensic Medical Examiner (FME), to assess potential interest in the work and to understand barriers to engagement. This was a snapshot of opinion, a ‘convenience sample’ of the educational community in Scotland (trainees and trainers). We were particularly interested in the views of female respondents in recognition of the current gender imbalance of the current FME workforce, as well as the imperative to provide ‘gender-appropriate’ examiners for the victims of rape and sexual assault.
For your interest and information I attach a one-page summary of the survey results NES Survey of Doctors on Forensic Medical Examination Work and can I take this opportunity to thank all those that replied. We are now progressing this as part of the work of the Taskforce for the Improvement of Services for Victims of Rape and Assault.
Our role is in the provision of training for FMEs and we are currently redesigning our courses and educational materials as part of this work. We are also recruiting to a lead clinician post to take this important work forward. Associate Postgraduate Dean (Forensic Medical Examiners)
If there is any aspect of this that sparks your interest, please get in touch at the e-mail address below, be it an interest in developing an FME role, an interest in the clinical lead post or simply an interest.
With kind regards
Professor Ronald MacVicar
NHS Education for Scotland