Prof. Jason Payne-James

Prof. Jason Payne-James

William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI)

Specialist in Forensic & Legal Medicine

Prof. Jason Payne-James is a Specialist in Forensic & Legal Medicine. He is an independent forensic physician in active clinical practice. He is Director of Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd and President of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians from 2015 to 2017 and World Police Medical Officers from 2011 to 2014. He is an advisor to governmental and other agencies in the UK and abroad. He is co-author of Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine documents related to medication management in custody, management after exposure to Taser® and irritant spray, head injury and choking. He is an Honorary Professor at the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia and a Clinical Professor at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, UK. He is the Lead Medical Examiner at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust and others in developing the NNUH Medical Examiner Service. He is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less-Lethal Weapons. He has developed, co-edited, co-authored and contributed to several books, including The Encyclopedia of Forensic & Legal Medicine; Forensic Medicine: Clinical & Pathological Aspects; Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse; Artificial Nutrition Support in Clinical Practice; Symptoms and Early Warning Signs; Medicolegal Essentials of Healthcare (1st and 2nd editions); Colour Atlas of Forensic Medicine. He is co-author of the 13th and 14th Editions of Simpson’s Forensic Medicine; he co-authored the Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine and co-edited both Age Estimation in the Living with Professor Dame Sue Black and Anil Aggrawal and Current Practice in Forensic Medicine. Together with Joe Beynon and Duarte Nuno Vieira, their book Monitoring Detention, Custody, Torture and Ill-treatment was highly commended in the BMA Medical Book Awards. With Suzy Lishman, he is co-editing a new text, The Medical Examiner System in England & Wales: A Practical Guide, published in 2022. He was the first Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine. He has developed new scales for use in forensic imaging. He designed the forensic medical documentation App, ForensiDoc®. He has presented 12 episodes of the Channel 5 series, Autopsy and serial killer Trevor Hardy.