Our Team

Who you’ll meet at The Bridge

There are a number of different people who work at The Bridge.

Everyone you will meet is highly trained and experienced in looking after individuals who have experienced rape or sexual assault. We are here for you.

The Bridge is expertly led by: Nicola Shannon, SARC Service Manager; Dr Emmeline Brew-Graves, Adult SARC Clinical Director; and Dr Michelle Cutland, Paediatric SARC Clinical Director & Consultant Paediatrician.

Crisis Workers

Our Crisis Workers are here to provide immediate support 24/7, 365 days a year, to anyone who has experienced rape or sexual assault.

If you contact us via the telephone or attend The Bridge in person, the first person you will speak to or meet will be a Crisis Worker.

The Crisis Worker will listen to you, explain your options and discuss what support they can arrange for you.

If you come to The Bridge for a forensic medical examination, the Crisis Worker will support you whilst you are here. They will provide emotional support and advocacy, ensuring that when you leave The Bridge, any necessary support is in place.

If you would like to find out more about our Crisis Workers, click here.

Forensic Examiners

If you attend The Bridge, you may meet one of our Forensic Nurse Examiners or Doctors.

All of the Nurses & Doctors at The Bridge are specially trained in caring for people who have experienced rape or sexual assault.

They will be able to discuss your options, answer any questions and address any of your worries.

They will provide care and support to meet your immediate health and wellbeing needs. They will also be able to look for and collect evidence, that can assist a police investigation, if you choose to go ahead with a forensic medical examination.

If you choose to have a medical examination, the Doctor or Nurse will explain exactly what to expect and will ensure that you are kept in control every step of the way. Nothing will happen unless you give consent and feel comfortable to go ahead.

To find out more about what a medical examination involves, click here.

Children & Young Persons' Examiners

If you are aged 17 or under, you may meet one of our specially trained Children & Young Persons’ Doctors or Nurses.

They are specially trained in caring for children and young people of all ages.

They will be able to answer any questions, discuss your options and address any of your worries.

If you choose to have a medical examination, they will make sure you know exactly what to expect and keep you in control, every step of the way.

They will be able to provide care and support to meet your health needs. They will also make sure that you have support for when you leave The Bridge.

To find out more about what a paediatric medical examination involves, click here.

To read more about the recruitment, training and qualifications of our staff, click here.

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your-choicesYour choices

I do not want to report to the police

  • Call The Bridge on 0117 342 6999
  • A Crisis Worker will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help
  • We can arrange for a Doctor or Nurse to examine you, to check you are ok and look for forensic evidence*
  • We will store forensic samples for 2 years. If you decide to report to the police, the samples can be used as evidence in their investigation

You can have an examination even if you have already washed, although there may be more DNA evidence on your body, if you feel able to wait until after an examination.

  • We will make sure that your sexual health is looked after
  • We can give you emergency contraception if needed
  • We will offer you practical and emotional support, including arranging counselling.

*Forensic timescales vary (this means that for different types of assault, there are different lengths of time that we can look for DNA evidence, ring The Bridge on 0117 342 6999 to discuss how we can help you and your situation).

I want to report to the police

  • Call the police on 101 or 999.
  • A Specially Trained Officer will come to speak with you.
  • The Officer may call The Bridge to arrange for a Doctor or Nurse to examine you, to check you are ok and to look for forensic evidence*.

You can have an examination even if you have already washed, although there may be more DNA evidence on your body if you feel able to wait until after an examination.

  • We will make sure that your sexual health is looked after.
  • We can give you emergency contraception if needed.
  • After you leave The Bridge, an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser can support you with the police investigation.
  • We will offer you practical and emotional support, including arranging counselling.

*Forensic timescales vary (this means that for different types of assault, there are different lengths of time that we can look for DNA evidence, ring The Bridge on 0117 342 6999 to discuss how we can help you and your situation).

I do not want to report to the police

  • Call The Bridge on 0117 342 6999.
  • A Crisis Worker will listen carefully and supportively to understand what happened to you, when it happened and what your situation is now.
  • The Crisis Worker will explain what support is available to you and help you to decide on your next steps.
  • You do not have to tell the Crisis Worker your name or contact details unless you choose to.
  • If you do give us your name and contact details, the Crisis Worker will help to arrange any support that you decide you want.
  • The support we can arrange includes sexual health care, advocacy and counselling.

I want to report to the police

  • Call the police on 101 or 999.
  • A Specially Trained Officer will come to speak with you.
  • The Officer will give The Bridge your details and ask us to contact you to offer you support.
  • The Officer will arrange for you to complete a video interview. An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor can support you when you meet with the police for this interview. If you have not heard from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor before your interview, ask the police why not.
  • Other support that The Bridge can arrange includes sexual health care and counselling.

Experiences

All the staff have been so friendly and welcoming, and very kind. I was supported from the very first contact, and overall, could not have gone through the past few years without this wonderful service.  A major asset to our NHS service, and one that I hope is able to reach as many individuals as need it.