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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.

Annette Duff

Forum Vice Chair 

Annette Duff is a Nurse Consultant, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Approved Clinician. She has worked in a variety of maximum, medium and low secure forensic settings within health and criminal justice establishments. Her special interest lies in the field of personality disorder and she held the post of Clinical Services Manager for the Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) Unit at HMP Whitemoor for two years and is currently engaged in delivering specialist supervision to the MDT within a specialist personality disorder programme within HMP Wayland.

Annette has designed and delivered a degree module in working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder at the University of East Anglia where she is an honorary lecturer. She is the also the author of workbooks and sets of training materials encouraging positive connections aimed at enhancing skills and the building of resilience in staff working with complex patients.

Phil Garnham

Phil is a Forensic Practice Development Nurse working across medium secure and Prison health care services for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, based in Kent. During his 33 years as a Mental Health Nurse, he has held roles such as Head of Nursing, Lead Nurse, Nurse Consultant, Senior Lecturer, Course Director for a Forensic Mental Health Diploma as well as Medium Secure Ward Manager and Prison Mental Health In-reach Team Leader experience. He previously served on the Forensic Nursing committee for eight years, and was their chair for four years.

He is qualified to Masters Level in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of East London and has experienced studying towards a PhD. He is particularly interested in psychodynamic counselling, coaching, supervision and staff support/reflective practice.

Tom Rees 

 Bio to follow

Kelly O'Connor

Kelly O’Connor is a Head of Healthcare within a female prison establishment working for Spectrum CIC.  Kelly has over 10 years experience of nursing within a range of different clinical environments, which includes working within police custody suites, a sexual assault referral centre, HMP establishments, Primary Care (GP Practice Nurse), Safety Research Teams, Care Homes (Registered Care Home Manager) and International Nursing, working in Sierra Leone to deliver a research study drug to people who experienced symptoms of the Ebola Virus.

Kelly recently joined the Nursing in Justice and Forensic Health Care Forum in January 2019 and is keen to be involved in shaping and promoting nursing in this specialised area.


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 eight years including the last five in the role of Lead Nurse for the service. He has been a registrant for 27 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 has recently submitted a dissertation for the award of Masters in Public Administration (MPA).


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