Dr Jason Payne-James
Jason Payne-James is a specialist in forensic & legal medicine (one of the first to be recognised by the UK General Medical Council) with a range of clinical and research interests in forensic & legal medicine and related specialties. He originally undertook training as a surgeon and gastroenterologist with an interest in hospital-based nutrition. He has published widely as an independent researcher, an author and an editor and collaborated in research projects with UK organisations such as the Independent Police Complaints Commission, National Injuries Database (part of the Serious Organised Crime Agency) and Metropolitan Police Service. His CV can be downloaded from this site.
He qualified in medicine in 1980 at the London Hospital Medical College and undertook 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. He is an Accredited Mediator registered with the Civil Mediation Council.
He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Cameron Forensic Medical Sciences, Barts & the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of London, UK. He is Director of Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd and Payne-James Ltd, and is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine.
His forensic and legal medicine interests include healthcare of detainees, deaths, harm and near misses in custody, torture, drugs and alcohol, wound and injury interpretation, asphyxia, sexual assault, neglect, non-accidental injury, restraint and use of force injury (including Taser and irritant spray), excited delirium syndrome, police complaints, age estimation and photographic imaging of injury. He has developed coloured scales for use in forensic imaging – www.forensigraph.com. He has advised a number of government agencies in the UK , Europe and North America on matters including Taser and excited delirium syndrome. He 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. He is President of the World Police Medical Officers.
Jason has co-edited, co-authored and contributed to a number of books including the Encyclopedia of Forensic & Legal Medicine (a 2nd Edition will be published in 2015); Forensic Medicine: Clinical & Pathological Aspects; Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse (1st & 2nd editions – a 3rd edition jointly with Margaret Stark and Mike Scott-Ham is currently in production); 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 was lead author of Simpson’s Forensic Medicine (13th Edition); he co-authored the Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine and co-edited both Age Estimation in the Living and Current Practice in Forensic Medicine (a second volume is in preparation).