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

Overview

In March 2017, the then Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood, was asked by the Scottish Ministers to establish a Taskforce to provide national leadership for the improvement of healthcare and forensic medical services for adults, children and young people who have experienced rape,  sexual assault and child sexual abuse.

In April 2020 Dr Gregor Smith, the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, took over the role of the Chair of the Taskforce.

Vision of the Taskforce

Consistent, person centred, trauma informed health care and forensic medical services and access to recovery, for anyone who has experienced rape or sexual assault in Scotland.

The remit of the Taskforce is to:

  • Work closely with health boards and other multi-agency partners to ensure the timely delivery of person centred, trauma informed services for people of all ages, in line with the Taskforce vision and the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Standards;
  • Oversee the work of the six subgroups and associated expert groups, tasked with the delivery of recommendations one to nine from the HMICS Strategic Overview of Provision of Forensic Medical Services to Victims of Sexual Crime  report, 2017 (recommendation ten is led by the National Police Care Network).

Six subgroups have been established under the remit of the Taskforce, each leading on the specific area of work. A number of other groups report into the subgroups as shown in the governance diagram.

  • Legislation Subgroup
  • Self-Referral Subgroup
  • Workforce and Training Subgroup
  • Quality Improvement Subgroup
  • Clinical Pathway Subgroup
  • Delivery and Performance Subgroup

The Taskforce has wide representation from experts, including health, justice, social work, and the third sector partners, such as Rape Crisis Scotland, to ensure the voice of lived experience is heard.

The Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Act 2021 underpins the work of the Taskforce.

Members

Name Role Organisation

Chair: Dr Gregor Smith

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

Scottish Government

Jillian Galloway

(Chair of the Self-Referral Subgroup)

Head of Health and Community Care Services (North Angus) (Interim)

NHS Tayside

Diane Murray

(Chair of the Forensic Nurse Examiner Expert  Subgroup)

Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Scottish Government

Moira Price

National Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse and Head of Victims & Witnesses Policy Team

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Anne Neilson

Director of Public Protection

NHS Lothian

Professor Amjad Khan

Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education

NHS Education Scotland

Carol Rogers

Lead Forensic Scientist, Sexual Offences

Scottish Police Authority

Colin Sloey

(Chair of the Delivery and Performance Subgroup)

National Co-ordinator

Scottish Government

Duncan Alcock

Associate Medical Director

NHS The State Hospital

Dr Edward Doyle

(Chair of the Clinical Pathways Subgroup)

Senior Medical Advisor Paediatrics

Scottish Government

Dr Fiona Wardell

Standards and Indicators Lead

NHS Health Improvement Scotland

Gary Jenkins

Chief Executive

Police Care Network

Carole Robinson

(Chair of the Legislation Subgroup)

Implementation Team leader - Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Act 2021

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

Public Health Scotland

Sandy Brindley

Chief Executive of RCS

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

Susie Buchanan

Associate Director, Practitioner & Counter Fraud Services

NHS National Service Scotland

Sybil Canavan

(Chair of the Workforce and Training Subgroup)

Director of Workforce

Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Tricia Marwick

Representative of NHS Board Chairs

NHS Fife

Carol Potter Representative of NHS Chief Executives NHS Fife
Helen Haworth Head of Biology Scottish Police Authority

1. Subgroup membership may extend to experts/professionals who are not members of the Taskforce.

Scottish Government supporting officials

  • Vicky Carmichael, Interim Head of CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce
  • Tansy Main, Head of CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Dr Colin Sloey, National Co-ordinator, CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Lucy Dexter, Deputy Head of CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Chloe Poole, Deputy Head of CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Carole Robinson, FMS Act Implementation Team Leader, CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Michelle Harrity, CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Mark Burgess, CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Wendy Copeland, Self Referral Policy and Project manager
  • Adam Bircham, CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Lynda Dobinson, FMS Act Implementation Manager, CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Stefani Dinwoodie, CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Ryan O’Donnell, CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit
  • Jane Russell, CMO Rape and Sexual Assault Taskforce Unit

CMO Taskforce package of resources – November 2020

This package of resources has been developed in close collaboration with a wide range of multi-agency partners on the Taskforce Clinical Pathways Subgroup and Children and Young People Expert Group over the last two years and have been subject to thorough consultation, testing and refinement.

These resources are specifically targeted at NHS Staff involved in the provision of healthcare and forensic medical services for victims of rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse to ensure they are clear about the national processes to be followed.

It includes Scotland’s first national clinical pathway for adults - as well as for children and young people - who present following rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse.   The clinical pathways describe the care and treatment that someone should receive following rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse, including the steps that should be followed by the clinician undertaking the examination and the necessary ongoing and follow up care.

Leaflets to explain the Forensic Medical Examination (FME) process

We have produced a leaflet to set out what people can expect during and following a forensic medical examination (FME).  It has been drafted from a person-centred, trauma-informed perspective and makes it clear to the individual that they are in control of the process. 

An easy read summary of the leaflet has also been developed in partnership with People First. 

Consultations on the clinical pathways

Consultations and analysis reports which informed the development of the clinical pathways for adults and children and young people

Relevant publications

Documents