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Meet the Team

Jessica Davidson

Forum Chair

Senior Clinical Forensic Charge Nurse for the South East Scotland Police Custody Healthcare and Forensic Examination Service

This service covers 9 custody suites and 4 public protection units across Lothian, Scottish Borders, Fife and Forth Valley. She has been a member of the steering committee for RCN Nursing in Criminal Justice Forum since January 2014 and has recently been appointed to the position of Associate Lecturer at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. This service delivers custody healthcare and forensic examination to men and women who are in police custody. Another part of our work is to undertake forensic examinations for people in public protection units following sexual assault or non accidental injury on behalf of the Police Scotland and the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service.

She is a dual qualified nurse and non medical prescriber who has worked in a variety of emergency settings such as A&E, acute adult trauma, ITU, after a graduating from Bournemouth University in 1997. She qualified as a Mental Health Nurse from Edinburgh Napier University in 2006 working in Psychological Medicine and community psychiatry and has worked in close contact with the Criminal Justice System since 2008. The provision of person centred , proactive nursing services to people in custody and people following sexual assaults is vital work to ensure the equity of health care delivery to some of the most marginalised and disenfranchised people in our society. Effectively done, this protects the patient, the victim the crime and the public and is a reflection on how society functions as a whole.

She enjoys working for the RCN and remains highly committed to promoting , recognising and protecting the professional practice of nurses working in these disciplines. She was delighted to receive a Nursing Impact Award from RCN Foundation in 2016 and NHS Lothian Celebrating Success Team Award for Improving Patient Access also in 2016. This is a growing and excited area of healthcare practice that she is keen to champion alongside her nursing colleagues and extends a warm welcome to all members of the Forum.

Paul Hanna

Paul is the Head of Nursing for Regional Specialist Service in Betsi Cawalader University Health Board. He has previously been the Modern Matron for a Medium Secure forensic unit in North Wales. He has worked in the Adult and Older Adult Mental health services and is keen to see services developed to ensure that the needs of service users are seamlessly met within the forensic setting. He is particularly interested in ensuring the physical health needs are prioritized.

Davy Martin

Davy has worked in forensic mental health in the regional MSU for Northern Ireland at Shannon Clinic for the past 10 years functioning as Deputy Charge Nurse, Lead Nurse and currently as Assistant Service Manager. He has been a registrant for 29 years and worked in a variety of settings as a mental health nurse including acute admissions, day hospitals, and several community based post including CPN, Crisis Response Worker and Dual Diagnosis Worker. Additional experience includes four years as a part time lecturer, mainly teaching communication studies.

Davy has training and experience in assessing and treating psychological trauma, practice development and health and social care. He holds and MSc in Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health and a Master in Public Administration (MPA). This latter was based on a piece of qualitative research into staff support following critical incidents.

Tom Rees 

Tom is currently a Senior Mental Health Nurse within the Integrated Mental Health team at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire. He has worked within the Offender / Forensic Mental Health Directorate since 2012.

He qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 2003 and worked initially with the Adult Acute Mental Health sector before completing a qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and used these psycho-therapeutic skills to provide psychological interventions within then newly formed IAPT initiative.

Latterly he has taken an active part in developing and maintaining a Peer Support Service at HMP Ranby which trains and supports offenders to offer peer support to individuals who are experiencing psychological distress. He leads on an Early Days in Custody pathway and has a great interest in Crisis Management. In relation to Offender Health in general he is a great advocate of the need to have standardisation of mental health care in all prison establishments to promote consistency and high levels of care.

In context of the forum he has been a member since 2018 and joined the forum committee in 2019.

Paul McAleer

Lecturer (Education)
Queen University Belfast 

Paul is a RNLD who currently holds the position of Lecturer in Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast. He has previously practised in community, inpatient forensic and criminal justice services, holding a range of specialist practitioner roles. His extensive clinical experience has been focused primarily on supporting the biopsychosocial needs of offenders with learning disabilities and mental health disorders, through specialist risk assessment and management systems, forensic psychotherapy, delivery of structured psychotherapeutic/psychoeducational groups and staff training.  Paul has completed training in forensic psychotherapy and is an accredited Dialectal Behaviour Therapist.

His clinical interests focus on the development of systemic processes which support the delivery of high quality care to offenders, by helping caregivers to process their emotional and cognitive experiences through Psychodynamic Reflective Practice Groups and Schwartz Rounds.  His research interests focus on the delivery, evaluation and optimisation of relationship and sexuality educational programmes in juvenile and youth justice custodial settings.  In addition to his professional and educational roles, Paul also sits on the board of directors of a regional charity which uses storytelling and film-making processes to support socially disadvantaged or marginalised groups, in partnership with local health, social care and criminal justice organisations. 


Details to follow once vacancy is filled


Details to follow once vacancy is filled


Professional Lead: Annie Norman

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