Forensic and secure environments committee overview

The FSEC (forensic and secure environments committee) provides a UK-wide voice on issues affecting doctors working in secure environments and those involved in the medical examiner, cremation and coronial system.
Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Monday 16 March 2020
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​The FSEC (forensic and secure environments committee) represents the following types of doctors working in a range of secure settings:

  • doctors providing primary care in young offender institutions, secure children’s homes or secure training centres in the UK
  • doctors providing primary care in forensic psychiatric hospitals in the UK
  • doctors providing general forensic medical services or sexual offence medical services in the UK
  • doctors providing primary healthcare within immigration removal centres or short term holding facilities in the UK
  • doctors providing primary healthcare in UK prisons.

We also represent doctors working as medical examiners, crematorium medical referees and clinical reviewers.

 

Our priorities

  • Continue to establish our role and remit within the BMA and beyond.
  • Work with our public affairs and medical ethics teams to influence Parliament in much needed reforms to prisons, policy custody, immigration detention and children being detained.
  • Campaign to bring an end to the practice of solitary confinement of children within the youth offending estate, which the Government has published a response to: the Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into Youth Detention: Solitary confinement and restraint.
  • Represent the wider profession in the Government’s ongoing reforms to death certification in England and Wales, and the implementation of the medical examiner system, which is set to be in place fully by 2021.

Our prison GP email group is a continual source of interest and reference and we encourage any prison GPs (members or non-members) to join this group for much needed peer support in what can be a very isolating job. Contact [email protected] for more information.

 

Our people

The committee is made up of doctors with a range of backgrounds and experience, who are elected by their peers or appointed by relevant organisations.

Chair: Dr Alan Mitchell

Deputy chair: Dr Bethan Roberts

Members

The committee is comprised of:

  • One doctor providing primary healthcare within immigration removal centres or short term holding facilities in the UK - Alan Mitchell.
  • One doctor providing primary healthcare within young offender institutions, secure children’s homes or secure training centres in the UK - Bethan Roberts.
  • One doctor providing primary healthcare within UK prisons - Rob Callingham.
  • One doctor providing primary healthcare within forensic psychiatric hospitals in the UK - Vacant.
  • One doctor providing general forensic medical services or sexual offence medical services in the UK - Laura Dean.
  • One crematorium medical referee, medical examiner or medical reviewer in the UK - Howard Barnes.
  • One doctor providing clinical reviews of deaths in custody in the UK - Aran Gillespie.
  • The BMA GPC (general practitioners committee) member representing secure environments - Wayne Sturley.
  • The BMA PFC (professional fees committee) chair - Peter Holden.
  • The BMA JDC (junior doctors committee) rep - Vacant.
  • One doctor providing general forensic medical services or sexual offence medical services (whichever is not appointed by direct election) in the UK, appointed by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM) - Prof Ian Wall.
  • One general practitioner in the UK, appointed by the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Secure Environments Group - Alex Bunn.

Our meetings

The FSEC meets three times a year to discuss the latest issues that affect you. These meetings are open to committee members only.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Thursday 21 May 2020

Meetings take place from 11am to 3pm at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JP

 

Get in touch

If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about the work of the FSEC, please email [email protected].