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Taskforce to Improve Services for Rape and Sexual Assault‎ Victims

Role of the group

Role of the Task Force

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,

  • 7 September 2017 – 14:00-16:30
  • 7 November 2017 – 10:00-12:30
  • 7 February 2018 – 10:00-12:30

Members

Name Groups
Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland (Chair) Taskforce
Detective Chief Superintendent Lesley Boal, Head of Public Protection, Police Scotland Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services
Katie Cosgrove, Gender Based Violence Programme Lead, NHS Health Scotland Taskforce
Tom Nelson, Director of Forensic Services, Scottish Police Authority Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services
Dr Hilary Ansell, Lead Forensic Physician, SEAT regional group for healthcare and forensic medical services to those in police care Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services, Clinical Pathways Workforce
Sandy Brindley, National Co-ordinator, Rape Crisis Scotland Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services
Iain Logan, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services Workforce
Karen Ritchie, Interim Director of Evidence, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services, Quality Improvement
Professor Elizabeth Ireland, Chair of NHS National Services Scotland - representing NHS Chairs Group Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services (Chair)
Dr Lindsay Thomson, Medical Director of the State Hospitals Board for Scotland Taskforce
Boyd Peters, Assistant Medical Director, NHS Highland (representing the Scottish Association of Medical Directors (SAMD)) Taskforce, Workforce
Dr Ronald MacVicar, NHS Education Scotland Taskforce, Workforce
Dr Louise Wilson, Director of Public Health, NHS Orkney Taskforce, Workforce
Jane O'Donnell, Chief Officer for Education, Children and Young People CoSLA Taskforce
Dr Pauline McGough, Clinical Director, Sandyford for Sexual Health Advice Taskforce, Workforce
Dr Mini Mishra, Senior Medical Officer, Scottish Government Taskforce, Regional Delivery of Service, Clinical Pathways
Dr Kate McKay – Senior Medical Officer, Scottish Government Taskforce, Regional Delivery of Service, Clinical Pathways, Workforce
Saira Kapasi, Violence Against Women Justice Lead, Scottish Government Taskforce, Quality Improvement
Iona Colvin, Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government Taskforce, Workforce
Dr Hong Tan, NHS England Taskforce, Clinical Pathways
Dr Charlotte Kirk, Consultant Paediatrician NHS Lothian Taskforce, Clinical Pathways
Anne Neilson, Director of Public Protection, NHS Lothian Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services
Anne Marie Hicks, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (representative for Iain Logan on subgroups) Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services , Workforce
Karen Auchincloss, Criminal Justice Reform Taskforce
Lesley Bagha, Head of Criminal Justice Reform and Licensing Unit Taskforce
Phillipa Brosnan Taskforce
Elaine Mead, Chief Executive, NHS Highland Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services, Workforce
Ms Fiona Murphy, Director, National Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland Taskforce, Design and Delivery of Services, Quality Improvement (Chair)
Katherine Hudson, Child Protection Team, Scottish Government Taskforce
Gill Imery, Assistant Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, HMICS Taskforce
Jim Mcdade Taskforce
John Wood, Senior Policy Officer, CoSLA Taskforce, Regional Delivery of Service
Tansy Main, Violence Against Women and Girls - Health Lead, Scottish Government Taskforce
Ria Phillips, VAW Justice, Scottish Government Taskforce
Louise Raphael, Associate Inspector, HMICS Taskforce
Dr Stephanie Govenden, Lead Doctor – Child Protection, NHS Highland Regional Delivery of Service
Mr George Laird, Network Manager, Child Protection and Sexual Health Managed Clinical Networks, West of Scotland Regional Delivery of Service
Mrs Rhoda MacLeod, Head of Sexual Health, Sandyford Clinic, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Regional Delivery of Service, Quality Improvement
Miss Laura McDonnell, Programme Support Officer, National Services Division (NSD), NSS Regional Delivery of Service, Clinical Pathways, Quality Improvement
Mr Graham Milne, Programme Manager, NSD, NSS Regional Delivery of Service, Clinical Pathways, Workforce
Professor Lindsay Thompson, Clinical Lead –Forensic Network Regional Delivery of Service, Workforce
Dr Fiona Wardell, Standards and Indicators Lead, Health Improvement Scotland Design and Delivery of Services, Quality Improvement, Clinical Pathways
Ms Morna Coote, Service Delivery Manager, Direct User Support, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Quality Improvement
Miss Hannah Cornish, Programme Manager, National Services Division (NSD) Quality Improvement, Clinical Pathways
Mr Peter Croan, Associate Programme Director, NSD Quality Improvement
Dr Lesley Graham, Public Health Lead for Drugs, Alcohol and Health and Justice, Information Services Division (ISD), NSS Quality Improvement
Mr Colin MacDonald, Service Manager Police Custody Health Care, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Quality Improvement
Ms Fiona Mackenzie, Service Manager, Health Improvement, Information Services Division (ISD), NSS Quality Improvement
Mr Barry Muirhead, Senior Clinical Forensic Charge Nurse, Forensic Medical Examiner Service, NHS Lothian Quality Improvement
Ms Sally Patrick, Clinical Team Leader, Custody Healthcare and Forensic Services Project, North of Scotland Planning Group Quality Improvement
Ms Anne-Marie Pitt, Child Protection MCN Manager, North of Scotland Quality Improvement
Mr Andy Robertson, Director of IT, NHS National Services Scotland Quality Improvement
Mr Grant Scott, Professional Nurse Advisor, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Quality Improvement
Dr Louise Scott, Forensic Physician / General Practitioner & Network Clinical Advisor, NHS Western Isles Quality Improvement, Clinical Pathways, Workforce
Dr Nicola Steedman, Consultant in Public Health Medicine (Maternity and Reproductive Health), ISD Quality Improvement
Dr Pauline McGough, Consultant in Sexual & Reproductive Health and Clinical Director, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (Chair) Clinical Pathways
Ms Judith Ainsley, Head of Child Protection, Scottish Government Clinical Pathways
Ms Sandie Barton, Director of Operations, Rape Crises Scotland Clinical Pathways
Ms Jane Johnstone, Professional Social Work Advisor, Scottish Government Clinical Pathways, Workforce
Dr Elayne McBride, Clinical Specialist & Team Leader, Child and Adolescent Trauma Tram, NHS Lothian Clinical Pathways
Dr Deborah Wardle, Lead Clinician for Archway SARC, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Clinical Pathways
Mr Sean Neill, Chief Executive, Scottish Fiscal Commission Workforce

Documents