Our Medical Director, Professor Cornelius Katona, has contributed to the recently published Quality Standards for Healthcare Professionals working with Victims of Torture in Detention, published on the 2nd July 2019 by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
These standards are an important benchmark, for physicians, nurses, paramedics and other professionals working with survivors of torture and will contribute to the improvement of care standards for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers across the UK.
The Helen Bamber Foundation have played an important role in contributing to creation of these standards and recommends that they be taken on and referred to by all healthcare professionals. The guidelines should be promoted to encourage clinicians to build the knowledge and skills to manage the complex vulnerabilities of individuals who have been tortured.
The quality standards also provide important evidence for challenging detaining authorities to improve standards of health care in detention centres.