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Taskforce to Improve Services for Rape and Sexual Assault‎ Victims

Role of the group

On 30 March 2017 the Scottish Government announced that the Chief Medical Officer would lead an expert group to consider what improvements were required for the services for victims of rape and sexual assault within the NHS.

The full official title of the taskforce is: the Taskforce for the improvement of services for adults and children who have experienced rape and sexual assault. It considers services for both adults and children. The taskforce had its inaugural meeting on 27 April 2017 in Edinburgh.

The Taskforce will provide 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 preparing to meet National Standards being developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland

The next meeting of the Taskforce is in September 2017. Minutes of each meeting will be published after they are formally agreed by the membership. You can find these below under documents.

The Taskforce have identified initial priority areas for work under the following headings:

  • workforce planning
  • regional delivery of services, premises and infrastructure
  • clinical pathways
  • quality improvement

Chairs for sub-groups are appointed and have set remits and priorities for their sub-groups and will report directly to the Taskforce.

Rape Crisis Scotland will lead on ensuring that the Taskforce learn from lived experience which will inform its work plan.

The Chief Medical Officer will publish the Taskforce's work plan after summer 2017 to clearly communicate how work will be driven forward.

Scottish Ministers will receive regular progress reports.

The next meetings will be held on,

  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 2pm to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 2pm to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 2pm to 4.30pm

Members

Name Role Organisation
Dr Catherine Calderwood Chief Medical Officer for Scotland (Chair) Scottish Government
Detective Chief Superintendent Lesley Boal Head of Public Protection Police Scotland
Katie Cosgrove Gender Based Violence Programme Lead NHS Health Scotland
Tom Nelson Director of Forensic Services Scottish Police Authority
Dr Hilary Ansell Lead Forensic Physician SEAT regional group for healthcare and forensic medical services to those in police care
Sandy Brindley National Co-ordinator Rape Crisis Scotland
Karen Ritchie Deputy Director of Evidence Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Professor Elizabeth Ireland (Subgroup Chair) Chair of NHS National Services Scotland - representing NHS Chairs Group NHS National Services Scotland
Dr Lindsay Thomson Medical Director State Hospitals Board for Scotland
Boyd Peters Assistant Medical Director, (representing the Scottish Association of Medical Directors (SAMD)) NHS Highland
Dr Ronald MacVicar Post Graduate Dean, North of Scotland Region NHS Education Scotland
Dr Louise Wilson Director of Public Health NHS Orkney
Dr Pauline McGough, (Subgroup Chair) Clinical Director for Sexual Health Advice Sandyford
Saira Kapasi Violence Against Women Justice Lead Scottish Government
Iona Colvin Chief Social Work Adviser Scottish Government
Dr Hong Tan NHS England
Dr Charlotte Kirk Consultant Paediatrician NHS Lothian
Anne Neilson Director of Public Protection NHS Lothian
Anne Marie Hicks National Procurator Fiscal Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
Judith Ainsley Head Child Protection Team Scottish Government
Elaine Mead (Subgroup Chair) Chief Executive NHS Highland
Ms Fiona Murphy (Subgroup Chair) Director NHS National Services Scotland

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.

Scottish Government supporting officials

Dr Mini Mishra, Senior Medical Officer
Dr Kate McKay, Senior Medical Officer
Tansy Main, CMO Taskforce policy lead
Jana Sweeney, CMO Taskforce policy officer
Diane Dempster, Secretariat, CMO Business Unit

Attendees

Gill Imery, Assistant Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, HMICS
Louise Raphael, Associate Inspector, HMICS
Yousaf Kanan, SG Social Researcher

Documents