Helping detainees in need of medical assistance

Basic Training Day Saturday 17th Of October

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020


We are very pleased to announce details of our next Basic Training Day which will take place online on Saturday the 17th of October. The training day will start from 10am and end at 3.30pm.


Although traditionally our Basic Training Days take place in person, the current pandemic renders that almost impossible, so we have adapted the programme so that we can deliver our in-depth and comprehensive training in the safest way possible. The training will be hosted on Zoom, with a variety of speakers and plenty of breaks throughout. In addition to the training day we will be providing some pre and post course online learning.


Our training is for medics who are interested in volunteering for Medical Justice as medico-legal report writers, visiting detainees in detention centres, assessing their health and documenting evidence of torture or trauma and other health issues.


The aim of this course is to gain an understanding of the health and legal needs of asylum seekers and other immigration detainees. Whilst the focus is on persons detained, the skills learnt can be used in other work with asylum seekers and refugees, as well as medico-legal report writing.


The training covers the relevant legal processes, assessing scarring and mental health and report writing skills.


Participants will have a basic understanding and experience of the needs of immigration detainees and/or care of asylum seekers in the community and will be doctors (5 years post qualification training; ie. GP or ST4 and above, or equivalent clinical experience) and psychologists.

Medical Justice is a small charity that sends volunteer doctors (and other health professionals) into the UK’s 7 IRCs to visit men and women detained arbitrarily and indefinitely. We assist about 1,000 detainees a year, most of whom are asylum seekers, and most are later released. Our volunteer doctors write medico-legal reports (MLRs) documenting scars of torture and challenge instances of inadequate healthcare provision, including denial of medication and access to hospital. We are the only charitable organisation in the UK that does this. Our training is therefore unique and provided by experienced doctors in the field.





Participation Fees

On request, fees are reimbursed after the doctor has written an MLR for a Medical Justice referral


£80 – Consultant/GP

£60 – Trainee doctors (ST4 onwards) and psychologists

Free – Medical Justice volunteer (carried out one detention visit in last 12 months)


Note: please tell us if you would have difficulties paying a fee – we can help.



You can pay by electronic transfer to us at


CAF Bank

Sort-code: 40-52-40

Account Number: 0002 1167


or by posting a cheque made payable to ‘Medical Justice Network Ltd’ to Medical Justice, 86 Durham Road, London N7 7DT.


Registration Information Needed

Please email with the following information to register and book your place:



Current employment (post and employer)



Mobile no.

Email address


If you have any questions about the training do not hesitate to contact us.