About this event

  • Date and time Tue 20 Oct 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine

The first in a three part series where delegates will learn how serious stabbing injuries are investigated and treated, and to look at some strategies for prevention. This meeting will bring together health professionals, legal experts and those working in the field of forensic medicine to promote an understanding of the investigation, management and prevention of stabbing injuries.

Delegates will learn about current best practice in investigating and treating serious stab wounds based on a post mortem of a fatal stabbing, and experts will talk about innovative alternatives to post-mortem examinations, and about potential interventions at 'teachable moments' to prevent further deaths.

This meeting is aimed at forensic physicians and pathologists, radiologists, accident and emergency doctors, public health doctors lawyers and those with an interest in the Forensics of Stabbing.

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

Key speakers

Detective Superintendent Jon Hutchinson

Head of Major Crime for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire 

Speaker's biography

Jon joined Cambridgeshire Police in 1999 and specialised in the investigation of serious crime from an early stage of his career. As a Senior Investigating Officer, he has led the response to numerous homicide investigations. He is currently Head of the Major Crime Unit for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police Forces. This specialises in the investigation of Murder (of which a significant trend is the increase in deaths caused by bladed weapons).

Dr Virginia Fitzpatrick-Swallow

Home Office Pathologist

Speaker's biography

Dr Fitzpatrick-Swallow is a Home Office
Registered Forensic Pathologist. She is a
Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and
acts as a Consultant on behalf of Forensic
Pathology Services, Home Office group
practice for Greater London and South East. Dr
Fitzpatrick-Swallow has a background in basic
science, battlefield pathology and training in
post-mortem computed tomography scanning
(PMCT). Her work involves performing postmortem examinations on behalf of Her
Majesty’s Coroner’s and Police Forces in
suspicious deaths in both the adult and
paediatric populations.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Helena Thornton, Forensic Physician St Mary's Centre, Manchester and President of the Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine Section at the Royal Society of Medicine

An account of fatal stabbing

Detective Superintendent Jon Hutchinson

The post mortem of the victim

Dr Virginia Fitzpatrick-Swallow 

Question and answer session
Closing remarks

Dr Helena Thornton