Taskforce for the improvement of services for adults and children who have experienced rape and sexual assault

Overview

The full official title of this taskforce is: the Taskforce for the Improvement of Services for Adults and Children who have Experienced Rape and Sexual assault. 

In March 2017 the Scottish Government announced that the former Chief Medical Officer would lead an expert group to consider what improvements were required for healthcare and forensic medical services for those who have experienced rape and sexual assault. The Taskforce had its inaugural meeting in April 2017 in Edinburgh. Meetings have been held on a quarterly basis thereafter. 

The Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill underpins the ongoing work of the Taskforce. 

The Taskforce provides the necessary leadership so that Health Boards commit to providing these services to better meet the needs of victims.

Specifically, the Taskforce intends to:

  • drive improvements in the provision of healthcare and forensic medical services for victims of sexual assault
  • provide the necessary leadership so that Health Boards commit to deliver trauma informed services to better meet the needs of victims
  • reduce unnecessary delays
  • address situations where victims have to travel unreasonable distances to be examined
  • tackle issues around the availability of female doctors to contribute to the delivery of these services
  • consider the HMICS report, HMICS Strategic Overview of Provision of Forensic Medical Services to Victims of Sexual Crime 2017, on current arrangements for forensic medical examinations in sexual offences cases in Scotland, including the recommendations about consistency in the standards of care and support for victims
  • ensure that NHS Boards are meeting the National Standards developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Minutes of each meeting are published after they are formally agreed by the membership. You can find these below under documents.

The Taskforce identified initial priority areas for work and dedicated sub groups have been established under the following headings:

  • workforce and training
  • legislation
  • self-referral
  • delivery and performance
  • clinical pathways
  • Children and Young People Expert Group
  • quality improvement
  • environmental monitoring

Each sub group has an appointed Chair and set remits and priorities. These sub groups report directly to the Taskforce. The Taskforce is working in partnership with Rape Crisis Scotland who are leading on ensuring that the Taskforce learn from lived experience. The voice of lived experience has informed the work plan. The former Chief Medical Officer published the high level work plan in October 2017 which communicates how work will be driven forward. Scottish Ministers receive regular progress reports of the work to date. 

A new sub group of the CMO Taskforce was established in December 2019 to develop a national protocol for Health Boards on the provisions of the Bill as they relate to self-referral. 

In addition to the main sub group, two task and finish groups have also been created with the first focussing on access to services and the second on developing the national protocol and advising Ministers on an appropriate retention period for forensic samples.

Members

Name Role Organisation
Dr Gregor Smith Interim Chief Medical Officer for Scotland (Chair) Scottish Government
Diane Murray Associate Chief Nursing Officer Scottish Government
Anne Marie Hicks National Procurator Fiscal Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
Anne Neilson Director of Public Protection NHS Lothian
Prof. Alan Denison Post Graduate Dean, North of Scotland Region                                                                    NHS Education Scotland
Beth Macmaster Lead, Children and Gender Based Violence Justice Scottish Government

Carol Rogers

Lead Forensic Scientist, Sexual Offences

Scottish Police Authority

Colin Sloey (Subgroup Chair) 

Taskforce Co-ordinator

Scottish Government

Duncan Alcock (Subgroup Chair)

Associate Medical Director

NHS The State Hospital

Edward Doyle (Subgroup Chair)

Senior Medical Advisor Paediatrics

Scottish Government

Dr Fiona Wardell

 

NHS Health Improvement Scotland

Gary Jenkins

Chief Executive

NHS The State Hospital

Greig Walker (Subgroup Chair)

Bill Team leader, Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Government

Iona Colvin Chief Social Work Adviser Scottish Government
Karen Ritchie Deputy Director of Evidence Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Katie Brown

Equally Safe Policy Co-ordinator

COSLA

Katie Cosgrove Gender Based Violence Programme Lead NHS Health Scotland
Sandy Brindley National Co-ordinator Rape Crisis Scotland
Tom Nelson Director of Forensic Services Scottish Police Authority
DCI Sam McCluskey Head of Public Protection Police Scotland

Lindsay MacDougall

Acting Head of Child Protection Unit

Scottish Government

Dr Lindsay Thomson Medical Director State Hospitals Board for Scotland
Dr Louise Wilson Director of Public Health NHS Orkney

Martin Morrison (Subgroup Chair)

Associate Director, Practitioner & Counter Fraud Services

NHS National Service Scotland

Sybil Canavan (Subgroup Chair)

Associate Director of Workforce

NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Tricia Marwick

Representative of NHS Board Chairs

NHS Fife

1 Taskforce members may nominate a deputy if they are unable to attend.
2 Subgroup membership may extend to experts/professionals who are not members of the Taskforce. Sub-group Chair names are in bold.

Scottish Government supporting officials

  • Tansy Main, Head of CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Vicky Carmichael, Deputy Head of CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Michelle Harrity, CMO Taskforce
  • Mark Burgess, CMO Taskforce
  • Adam Bircham, CMO Taskforce Secretariat
  • Jennie O’Reilly, CMO Taskforce Secretariat
  • Jane Russell, administrative support to CMO Taskforce Secretariat

The Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Bill is made up of:

  • Greig Walker, Bill Team Leader
  • Lynda Dobinson, Bill Manager
  • Stefani Dinwoodie, Bill Policy Officer

Related information

Documents