Volunteering with Medical Justice can be difficult and demanding. You are visiting vulnerable detainees often in a hostile environment. Your assessment and reports are very important to the detainee's future.
You will not be working alone.
All volunteers first attend a basic training day in the forensic documentation of the physical, psychological and social consequences our patients may have suffered, including torture, trafficking, rape, and assault. Trainers include doctors, lawyers, ex-detainees and Medical Justice staff.
Basic training days - if you are new to this field. Email us for dates and how to join.
Advanced training days and Peer Group sessions - if you have done one or more shadow visits plus one or more assessments of detainees to provide more in depth training. Email us for dates and how to join.
Clinical and Other Advice
- Access to the Clinical Lead and more experienced doctors (including a wide range of consultants and specialists) by phone and/or email;
- Access to the Casework Manager who is very knowledgeable and can direct you to other sources of support, both medical and legal;
- Individual supervision is provided by the Medical Justice Clinical Lead, for difficult cases.
Medical Justice organises regular Peer Support Groups for volunteers. These meetings take place on weekday evenings in London. Each meeting focuses on a different topic, for example: different types of injuries, working with interpreters, or legal updates.
Sessions are organised by Medical Justice's Medical Advisor and volunteers will receive details of dates and topics for upcoming sessions via email.
Medical Justice will provide information and support for appraisal.
Dr Naomi Hartree at a Medical Justice training day