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Meet the Team

Jessica Davidson

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.

Annettte Duff

Annette Duff

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 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.

Dave King

Dave King

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Forensic Mental Health at the Humber Centre for Forensic Psychiatry, near Hull

Dave King is a Mental Health Nurse, and has worked in Medium Security for twenty five years, as a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist.  He is currently the Lead for Security at the Humber Centre for Forensic Psychiatry, near Hull. He is edging towards retirement at some time in 2021, but regrets that his poor memory means that he will be unable to publish a memoir of interesting and amusing anecdotes of his experiences.

Dave represents the forum on the RCP Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services Reference Group, and occasionally inspects services in his role as a Specialist Advisor with the Care Quality Commission.

Much of Dave’s working life is now taken up with the reduction of physical interventions and of restrictive practices in secure settings. He feels that this is an ongoing challenge for services, when the public safety agenda rubs against that of de-restriction, and he believes that this issue will be a ‘hot potato’ for service users, clinicians, commissioners and regulators for some time to come.

He hopes that any members reading this will want to become involved in the debate by one means or another.


Karla Wilson-Palmer

Team Manager for Peninsula (Devon) Liaison and Diversion Service and Devon Street Triage Pilot Service

Qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1986 and then went onto qualify as a Mental Health Nurse in 1993.  Karla is keen to raise the profile of exciting new criminal justice/health developments and support others facing challenges that she may have previously encountered.

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 phyical health needs are prioritized.

Davy Martin

Further information to come.


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