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London Legal Walk 2024 | Medical Justice

 

We will be walking 10km on Tuesday 18th June to help fund Medical Justice.

We are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers who are raising funds in aid of free legal advice and support for everything from Law Centres and Citizens Advice services to refugee specialist support services. We are walking to raise funds for Medical Justice.

Medical Justice is the only charity in the UK to send independent volunteer clinicians to visit people held in Immigration Removal Centres across the UK and document their scars of torture and serious medical conditions.

Evidence from our casework is the platform for our research into systemic failures in healthcare provision, the harm caused by these shortcomings, as well as the toxic effect of immigration detention itself on the health of people in detention. We use our research, policy work, strategic litigation and parliamentary work to secure lasting change.

Your support is needed more than ever. Please sponsor our walkers as generously as you are able.

You can sponsor us here

£50 could cover the train fare for a volunteer clinician to visit a person in detention to carry out a medical assessment.  

Thank you for supporting our team in fundraising for the London Legal Walk.

 


Join the walk

As well as donating you can join us on the 10km walk on 18th June to raise funds for Medical Justice. The Medical Justice team will include staff, trustees, former detained people, volunteer clinicians, interpreters, supporters, family and others who are fanatical about ending the injustice suffered by people detained under immigration powers. Children and dogs are also welcome!

We are planning to start at 3pm and finish with the street party, street food vendors and entertainments on offer!

London Legal Walk 2024 – London Legal Support Trust – LLST

Email Ariel at a.plotkin@medicaljustice.org.uk if you want to walk with us, or for more details.

 


Law firms who already have a London Legal Walk team can designate funds to Medical Justice

The London Legal Support Trust allow you to designate up to 50% of the funds you raise to a specific agency (or agencies) if you have a significant partnership with the agency.  This can include on-going pro bono support for Medical Justice.  Please email Anthony at a.omar@medicaljustice.org.uk) if your law firm would like to donate money raised to Medical Justice.

 


Any questions?

Email Ariel (a.plotkin@medicaljustice.org.uk) or Anthony (a.omar@medicaljustice.org.uk) or call us on 0204 551 1280.

To set up a monthly donation to Medical Justice click here.

Induction Training Day For Interpreters – March 2024

Our Induction Training Day is for new volunteer interpreters who are joining Medical Justice. By joining Medical Justice as a volunteer interpreter, you can have a positive impact on the lives and health of a vulnerable group of people in the UK. Our interpreters help people in detention seek support and advice despite the language barriers and provide crucial interpretation for medical assessments with our volunteer clinicians.

Volunteers can make a difference by donating time remotely by phone/video or by attending immigration detention centres in person to provide skilled and accurate interpretation. You can volunteer your time flexibly and taken on interpreting at the times that are most suited to you.

The training contains sessions on working with medical professionals as well as an introduction to immigration detention, visiting an IRC and interpreting in a mental health context. We also have ongoing opportunities for feedback and support for volunteers.

This training day will be taking place in person near our offices in Finsbury Park, London.

 

 


 

How to join

If you are interested in joining our interpreter team, please contact Lisa at interpreting@medicaljustice.org.uk for an application form. If you are unable to attend in person, please let us know.

 


 

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 detained people 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.

 

Basic Training Day For Clinicians – March 2024

 

We are very pleased to announce details of our next Basic Training Day which will take place on Saturday 16 March 2024. The training day will start from 9.45am and end at 5.30pm.

We are very excited to be able to offer this training in person in Central London. The training day is supported by self-study modules in the assessment of mental health and scarring which we recommend those new to this field complete in advance of the day (approx 4 hours).

Our Basic Training Day is for doctors and psychologists who are interested in volunteering for Medical Justice as medico-legal report writers, visiting detained people in detention centres or conducting remote assessments, assessing their health and documenting clinical evidence of torture 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 people detained under immigration powers. The skills learnt will focus on assessing persons detained under immigration powers, as well as medico-legal report writing

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

Requirements from Doctors:

  • ST4 or above, or with equivalent clinical experience (i.e. completed 5 years’ post-qualification)
  • Full registration from the GMC with a licence to practice
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Clinical experience at ST1 level or above with adults or adolescents age 16 or over within the last 3 years. This may include clinical experience with adults in non-NHS or overseas settings.

Requirements from Clinical Psychologists:

  • At least two years’ post-doctorate experience (or relevant extensive experience in a specialist refugee or trauma service)
  • Professional registration with the HCPC
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Clinical experience with adults or adolescents age 16 or over within the last 3 years (slightly less recent experience may be acceptable if extensive).

 


Participation fees

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

 

£120 – Consultant/GP

£80 – Trainee doctors (ST4 onwards), retired doctors 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.


How to apply

Please follow link below and provide the information requested and we will be in touch once your details have been reviewed by our Clinical Advisors.

If you are unable to attend in person, please let us know.

If you have any questions, please contact Anthony on a.omar@medicaljustice.org.uk

Submit Registration Details

 


Medical Justice is a small charity that sends volunteer clinicians into the UK’s 7 IRCs to visit men and women detained arbitrarily and indefinitely. We assist about 1,000 detained people a year, most of whom are asylum seekers, and most are later released. Our volunteer doctors write medico-legal reports (MLRs) documenting the scars and mental health consequences of torture, identify unmet health needs and challenge instances of inadequate healthcare provision. 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.

Healthcare in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs): Lessons from the Brook House Inquiry

A free in person event from the British Medical Association and Medical Justice

This event will explore the findings of the Brook House Inquiry and how the continued failings in IRCs have appalling consequences for the wellbeing of those detained. The shortcomings of the UK’s immigration detention system and the resulting deleterious health impacts on migrants and asylum seekers have been raised by organisations including the BMA and Medical Justice for years; the meeting will examine this, explain what both organisations are doing, and discuss what you can do.

The Brook House Inquiry was set up to investigate mistreatment and abuse of people detained in Brook House immigration removal centre following an undercover investigation by BBC Panorama. In September 2023, it published its findings. The Inquiry uncovered a system where detained people were regularly dehumanised, their mental and physical health deteriorated and serious mental health concerns went ignored. The findings, while highly regrettable, echo those from the BMA’s 2017 seminal report ‘Locked Up, Locked Out’ and Medical Justice’s recent 2023 report, “If he dies, he dies”The Inquiry’s report is indicative of how, amongst other failings, a lack of safeguards, insufficient resources, and poor training, can have a dire impact on the healthcare of migrants held in detention.

Speakers include:

  • Kate Eves, the Chair of the Brook House Inquiry
  • Stephanie Harrison KC, Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers
  • Dr Brodie Paterson, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary’s University
  • Dr Andrew Green, deputy chair of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee
  • Dr John Chisholm CBE, BMA International Committee Deputy Chair
  • Dr Rachel Bingham, Clinical Advisor for Medical Justice
  • Prof Cornelius Katona MD FRCPsych, Hon Medical and Research Director, Helen Bamber Foundation and Hon Professor, Division of Psychiatry, UCL
  • A person with lived experience of UK’s immigration detention
  • and more to be confirmed

Join this in person event to learn more about the Inquiry’s findings and hear from a number of experts, including from both the BMA and Medical Justice, about the state of healthcare in Immigration Removal Centres today.

Please sign up using the link below:

SIGN UP HERE

 

 

Basic Training Day For Clinicians – October 2023

 

We are very pleased to announce details of our next Basic Training Day which will take place on Saturday the 28 October 2023. The training day will start from 9.45am and end at 5.30pm.

We are very excited to be able to offer this training in person in Central London. The training day is supported by self-study modules in the assessment of mental health and scarring which we recommend those new to this field complete in advance of the day (approx 4 hours).

Our Basic Training Day is for doctors and psychologists who are interested in volunteering for Medical Justice as medico-legal report writers, visiting detained people in detention centres or conducting remote assessments, assessing their health and documenting clinical evidence of torture 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. The skills learnt will focus on assessing persons detained under immigration powers, as well as medico-legal report writing

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

Requirements from Doctors:

  • ST4 or above, or with equivalent clinical experience (i.e. completed 5 years’ post-qualification)
  • Full registration from the GMC with a licence to practice
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Clinical experience at ST1 level or above with adults or adolescents age 16 or over within the last 3 years. This may include clinical experience with adults in non-NHS or overseas settings.

Requirements from Clinical Psychologists:

  • At least two years’ post-doctorate experience (or relevant extensive experience in a specialist refugee or trauma service)
  • Professional registration with the HCPC
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Clinical experience with adults or adolescents age 16 or over within the last 3 years (slightly less recent experience may be acceptable if extensive).

 


Participation fees

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

 

£120 – Consultant/GP

£80 – 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.


How to apply

Please follow link below and provide the information requested and we will be in touch once your details have been reviewed by our Clinical Advisors.

If you have any questions, please contact Anthony on a.omar@medicaljustice.org.uk

Submit Registration Details

 


Medical Justice is a small charity that sends volunteer clinicians 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 the scars and mental health consequences of torture, identify unmet health needs and challenge instances of inadequate healthcare provision. 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.

London Legal Walk | Medical Justice

 

We will be walking 10km on Tuesday 13th June to help fund Medical Justice.

We are walking with the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers who are raising funds in aid of free legal advice and support for everything from Law Centres and Citizens Advice services to refugee specialist support services. We are walking to raise funds for Medical Justice.

Medical Justice is the only charity in the UK to send independent volunteer clinicians to visit people held in Immigration Removal Centres across the UK and document their scars of torture and serious medical conditions.

Evidence from our casework is the platform for our research into systemic failures in healthcare provision, the harm caused by these shortcomings, as well as the toxic effect of immigration detention itself on the health of people in detention. We use our research, policy work, strategic litigation and parliamentary work to secure lasting change.

Your support is needed more than ever. Please sponsor our walkers as generously as you are able.

You can sponsor us here

£50 could cover the train fare for a volunteer clinician to visit a person in detention to carry out a medical assessment.  

Thank you for supporting our team in fundraising for the London Legal Walk.

 


Join the walk

As well as donating you can join us on the 10km walk on 13th June to raise funds for Medical Justice The Medical Justice team will include staff, trustees, former detained people, volunteer clinicians, interpreters, supporters, family and others who are fanatical about ending the injustice suffered by people detained under immigration powers. Children and dogs are also welcome!

We are planning to start at 3pm and finish with the street party, street food vendors and entertainments on offer!

London Legal Walk 2023 – London Legal Support Trust – LLST

Email Ariel at a.plotkin@medicaljustice.org.uk if you want to walk with us, or for more details.

 


Law firms who already have a London Legal Walk team can designate funds to Medical Justice

The London Legal Support Trust allow you to designate up to 50% of the funds you raise to a specific agency (or agencies) if you have a significant partnership with the agency.  This can include on-going pro bono support for Medical Justice.  Please email Anthony at a.omar@medicaljustice.org.uk) if your law firm would like to donate money raised to Medical Justice.

 


Any questions?

Email Ariel (a.plotkin@medicaljustice.org.uk) or Anthony (a.omar@medicaljustice.org.uk) or call us on 0204 551 1280.

To set up a monthly donation to Medical Justice click here.

 

Online Basic Training Day For Clinicians

 

We are very pleased to announce details of our next Basic Training Day which will take place online on Tuesday the 9th of May. The training day will start from 9.50am and end at 3.10pm (times subject to change as timetable is finalised).

The day will take place online via Microsoft Teams and is supported by self-study modules in the assessment of mental health and scarring which we recommend those new to this field complete in advance of the day (approx 4 hours).

Our Basic Training Day is for doctors and psychologists who are interested in volunteering for Medical Justice as medico-legal report writers, visiting people in detention centres or conducting remote assessments, assessing their health and documenting clinical evidence of torture 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 individuals being detained under immigration powers. The skills learnt will focus on assessing persons detained under immigration powers, as well as medico-legal report writing

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

Requirements from Doctors:

  • ST4 or above, or with equivalent clinical experience (i.e. completed 5 years’ post-qualification)
  • Full registration from the GMC with a licence to practice
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Clinical experience at ST1 level or above with adults or adolescents age 16 or over within the last 3 years. This may include clinical experience with adults in non-NHS or overseas settings.

Requirements from Clinical Psychologists:

  • At least two years’ post-doctorate experience (or relevant extensive experience in a specialist refugee or trauma service)
  • Professional registration with the HCPC
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Clinical experience with adults or adolescents age 16 or over within the last 3 years (slightly less recent experience may be acceptable if extensive).

 


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.


How to apply

Please follow link below and provide the information requested and we will be in touch once your details have been reviewed by our Clinical Advisors.

If you have any questions, please contact Anthony on a.omar@medicaljustice.org.uk

Submit Registration Details

 


Medical Justice is a small charity that sends volunteer clinicians into the UK’s 7 IRCs to visit men and women detained arbitrarily and indefinitely. We assist about 1,000 people in detention a year, most of whom are asylum seekers, and most are later released. Our volunteer doctors write medico-legal reports (MLRs) documenting the scars and mental health consequences of torture, identify unmet health needs and challenge instances of inadequate healthcare provision. 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.

Basic Training Day For Clinicians

 

We are very pleased to announce details of our next Basic Training Day which will take place on Saturday the 4th of March 2023. The training day will start from 10am and end at 5.30pm.

We are very excited to be able to offer this training in person in Central London. The training day is supported by self-study modules in the assessment of mental health and scarring which we recommend those new to this field complete in advance of the day (approx 4 hours).

Our Basic Training Day is for doctors and psychologists who are interested in volunteering for Medical Justice as medico-legal report writers, visiting detained people in detention centres or conducting remote assessments, assessing their health and documenting clinical evidence of torture 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. The skills learnt will focus on assessing persons detained under immigration powers, as well as medico-legal report writing

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

Requirements from Doctors:

  • ST4 or above, or with equivalent clinical experience (i.e. completed 5 years’ post-qualification)
  • Full registration from the GMC with a licence to practice
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Clinical experience at ST1 level or above with adults or adolescents age 16 or over within the last 3 years. This may include clinical experience with adults in non-NHS or overseas settings.

Requirements from Clinical Psychologists:

  • At least two years’ post-doctorate experience (or relevant extensive experience in a specialist refugee or trauma service)
  • Professional registration with the HCPC
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Clinical experience with adults or adolescents age 16 or over within the last 3 years (slightly less recent experience may be acceptable if extensive).

 


Participation fees

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

 

£120 – Consultant/GP

£80 – 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.


How to apply

Please follow link below and provide the information requested and we will be in touch once your details have been reviewed by our Clinical Advisors.

If you have any questions, please contact Anthony on a.omar@medicaljustice.org.uk

Submit Registration Details

 


Medical Justice is a small charity that sends volunteer clinicians 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 the scars and mental health consequences of torture, identify unmet health needs and challenge instances of inadequate healthcare provision. 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.

The British Medical Association joint webinar with Medical Justice and MSF

Indefinite Despair: the health consequences of the UK’s plans to forcibly expel people seeking asylum to Rwanda.

Register for this webinar

Free for BMA members and non-members

This joint webinar with the BMA, Médecins Sans Frontières and Medical Justice will aim to shine a light on the severe health impacts of the UK’s policy to remove people seeking asylum in the UK to Rwanda. We will also discuss how the medical community in the UK can push the government to abandon this cruel plan.

The agreement between the government and Rwanda enables the UK to forcibly remove those attempting to claim asylum in the UK deemed to have arrived by irregular routes. It is modelled on Australia’s failed offshore detention policy where people seeking asylum were detained on Nauru and Manus Islands with horrific consequences for their health.

The policy is already having a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing of those targeted and has been strongly condemned by the BMA and the rest of the medical community. The prospect of removal has exacerbated people’s mental health conditions (including PTSD and depression) and caused fear, confusion, uncertainty about safety, and a loss of hope. For some, it has increased their risk of self-harm and suicide.

 

What you will learn

Join us and listen to our expert panel talk about the health consequences of the Rwanda policy and discuss how we can help. The event will be chaired by Professor Martin Mckee, CBE and professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Other speakers include Dr Rachel Bingham (right), Clinical Advisor for Medical Justice, a member of the MSF medical team, a person with lived experience of being held on Nauru Island, and a person who has been handed an intent to be removed to Rwanda by the UK Home Office.

Organiser details

BMA and Medecins Sans Frontiere

fplayer@bma.org.uk

07749277413

Festive Party

Click here to book your place

 

We are ecstatic to announce that we are hosting our Festive Party once again this December. After a two-year absence we hope you will join us for our celebration of all the wonderful people that have been involved in Medical Justice.

The incredible Kasai Masai will be bringing their irresistible Equatorial Funk to the festivities. We are beyond excited to welcome the band back who will no doubt have everyone up and dancing as they always do.

Medical Justice will be providing all the food and drink so all we require is your company.

We will be sharing tales of courage and survival, as well as remembering those who were removed from our communities. This is a chance for former clients, clinicians, lawyers, supporters and others to get together in a relaxed atmosphere for fun and solidarity.

 


 

COST : FREE

Travel costs within London reimbursed for asylum seekers / former clients.

Please book a place clicking here or call 0207 561 7498

 


 

Click below for a taste of Kasai Masai