Congratulations to Dr Cath White, Clinical Director of SARC, for her OBE in the New Year Honours List
Dr Catherine White, Clinical
Director at the St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) has
been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in The Queen's
2014 New Year's Honours List.
Dr White has been Clinical Director
for the St Mary's SARC since 2003 and a Forensic Physician,
specialising in the examination of women, men and children since
During her career, Dr White has
constantly sought to drive up standards in the quality of care for
rape and sexual assault victims and has been instrumental in
delivering comprehensive training and teaching of practitioners
working in this field.
Dr. White commented: "I am delighted to see that the work done
by those trying to improve the plight of sexual assault victims and
increase understanding around the whole issue of sexual violence
has been recognised. Hopefully it will help to raise the profile of
this pervasive problem and encourage more to help tackle it. The St
Mary's SARC has an amazing dedicated team, caring for some of the
most vulnerable people in society and it has been a privilege to be
part of it."
Dr White has written extensively on the subject of rape and
sexual assault examinations providing doctors and health
practitioners with essential practical information on sexual
Since working in this field, she was appointed to the Academic
Committee for Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and has served
as Vice President, Forensic Medicine for the organisation.
She is also the Deputy Chief Examiner, Sexual Offences Medicine for
the MFFLM and was on the Management Committee for the
DipFCASA. She represents both the FFLM and St Mary's SARC on
national committees and boards.
Dr White has provided training and lecturing both nationally and
Internationally and was sponsored by UNICEF and CEOP (Child
Exploitation Online Protection Centre) to provide training in
Cambodia and Moldova in 2006, 2008and 2010. She is also guest
lecturer to the judges on the Judicial Studies Board, Serious
Sexual Offences seminars and the Public Law Continuation
Courses. Since 2012 she has been working with the UN to
develop Sexual Assault Services in Palestine.
St Mary's Centre Manager, Bernie Ryan, commented: "Dr White's
work has served as an inspiration to those working in a range of
disciplines associated with this field. She has championed
the work of St Mary's SARC to a wide range of practitioners who
have been able take this knowledge and skills back to their own
working environments and been able to improve practices.
International Clinical Attachments have cited the experience of
observing the St Mary's Centre's practices has resulted in
fundamental changes to the way they deliver their services to
"She has questioned and challenged common practices in order to
improve services and ensure that standards are raised and victims
receive the best possible care."
St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre was the first Sexual
Assault Referral Centre to open in the UK. It provides a
comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, medical, counselling and
aftercare service to men, women and children living in Greater
Manchester or Cheshire who have experienced rape or sexual assault,
whether this has happened recently or in the past.