Single Joint Expert
Type of Cases:
Civil, Criminal, Publicly Funded, Family, Prof.Neg.
Approx 700/ year
Various – Multi-Disciplinary
Approx. 50+/ year
Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd (FHC) has been providing a range of expert witness services to the legal profession, judicial system, police and other bodies since 1999.
FHC personnel, advisers and consultants have extensive practical experience in the provision of expert witnesses for criminal and civil practice, witness training (healthcare and non-healthcare professionals), research, education and publication.
Some of the fields covered by our expert witnesses
Medical & Psychiatric:
Assault/Murder/Manslaughter; Nature of injuries; Fitness to plead and to give evidence; Refugee medicals; Orthopaedics; Pathology and post mortem; Rape and sexual abuse; Childcare proceedings; Medical negligence; Death in Custody.
DNA; Fingerprints; Toxicology; Blood Spatter; Analysis and valuation of drugs; Footwear and trace element analysis.
Ballistics; Computer Crime; Telecommunications; Video and audio enhancement; Vehicles and Road Traffic Accident Reconstruction.
Additionally, FHC provides experienced doctors and other personnel to undertake specialist medical reports in other settings such as the insurance industry and immigration, refugee and asylum cases.
FHC provides specialists to assess detainees in prison or police custody and victims of torture.
Some of the medical experts with whom we work include neurologists pathologists radiologists cardiologists dermatologists endocrinologists epidemiologists gynaecologists haematologists hepatologists microbiologists psychiatrists including neuro psychologists including neuro and pharmacologists.
The Company can develop relationships with other bodies for future provision of medical healthcare assessments. Company personnel, consultants and advisers are closely involved in education, training, and research in the forensic, medico-legal and scientific sectors. The company has an extensive client list including law firms, barristers, police services, the Crown Prosecution Service, insurance industry, and immigration advisors.
Experts in house:
Medical Director/ Expert Witness – Dr Jason Payne-James:
Dr Payne-James is a forensic physician with a range of clinical and research interests in forensic medicine and related specialties who has published widely as a researcher, an author and an editor and collaborated in research projects with organisations such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
He qualified in medicine in 1980 at the London Hospital Medical College and has undertaken additional postgraduate education to higher degree level at Cardiff Law School, the Department of Forensic Medicine & Science at the University of Glasgow and with the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.
Dr Payne-James is a forensic physician and is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Cameron Forensic Medical Sciences, Barts & the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of London, UK. He is an external Consultant to the National Policing Improvement Agency and to the National Injuries Database and Â is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine.
His forensic medicine clinical and research interests include healthcare of detainees, deaths, harm and near misses in custody, torture, drugs and alcohol, wound and injury interpretation, sexual assault, neglect, non-accidental injury, restraint and use of force injury,Â police complaints, and age estimation. Dr Payne-James advises a number of government agencies and has undertaken reviews of healthcare in relation to deaths or near misses in custody for a number of bodies including police services, the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Prison & Probation Ombudsman. He gave evidence at the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry.
Dr Payne-James has co-edited, co-authored and contributed to a number of books including the Encyclopaedia of Forensic & Legal Medicine; Forensic Medicine: Clinical & Pathological Aspects; Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse (1st & 2nd editions); Artificial Nutrition Support in Clinical Practice (1st and 2nd editions); Symptoms and Early Warning Signs; Dr Apple’s Symptoms Encyclopaedia; Medicolegal Essentials of Healthcare (1st and 2nd editions); Colour Atlas of Forensic Medicine. He is lead author on the forthcoming 13th Edition of Simpson’s Forensic Medicine; he co-authored the new Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine and co-edited both Age Estimation in the Living and Current Practice in Forensic Medicine.