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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. It 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 Group 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 the summer to clearly communicate how work will be driven forward.

Scottish Ministers will be receiving 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

  • Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland (Chair)
  • 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
  • Iain Logan, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Karen Ritchie, Interim Director of Evidence, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Professor Elizabeth Ireland, Chair of NHS National Services Scotland - representing NHS Chairs Group
  • Dr Lindsay Thomson, Medical Director of the State Hospitals Board for Scotland Boyd Peters, Assistant Medical Director, NHS Highland ( representing the Scottish Association of Medical Directors (SAMD))
  • Dr Ronald MacVicar, NHS Education Scotland
  • Dr Louise Wilson, Director of Public Health, NHS Orkney
  • Jane O'Donnell, Chief Officer for Education, Children and Young People CoSLA
  • Dr Pauline McGough, Clinical Director, Sandyford for Sexual Health Advice
  • Dr Mini Mishra, Senior Medical Officer, Scottish Government
  • Dr Kate McKay – Senior Medical Officer, Scottish Government
  • 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

Documents