Info for clinicians

Background

A key part of our mission is to involve more clinicians (doctors, nurses and psychologists) in the identification and documentation of human rights abuses.

Identifying and documenting torture or other forms of human rights abuses can change the course of a patient’s life. In many cases this is simply a matter of asking directly about human rights abuses, conducting a medical assessment and explaining the findings in a simple format.

The World Medical Association and the UNHCR Istanbul Protocol guidance have clear statements that asking about torture is a duty of a doctor and they go on to explain how not asking contributes to the denial of human rights abuses.

We hope to encourage more clinicians to understand why to ask, to feel confident to ask and to know what to do with the information gathered.

We aim to provide support materials to support clinicians in the context of their busy NHS jobs.

We aim to train clinicians who want to make screening for human rights abuses a part of their clinical portfolio.