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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services

Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services

The Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to quality improvement in medium and low secure mental health services. A key component of our work is the sharing of best practice; by listening to and being led by frontline staff and patients.

The Network serves to identify areas for improvement through a culture of openness and enquiry; the model is one of engagement rather than inspection. We aim to facilitate quality improvement and change in forensic mental health settings through a supportive network and peer-review process.

Members are expected to use the results of reviews to develop action plans to achieve year on year improvement. They are also expected to share their results throughout their services as well as with key stakeholders, including health and local authorities, those making referrals to their services and local patient and family and friend groups. 

Participating services are able to benchmark their practice against similar services and demonstrate the quality of care they provide.

Latest News & Event Information

Spring 2015

MSU Annual Forum 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended the Medium Secure Annual Forum on 5 May 2015. The event was held at the Royal Society of Medicine and was well attended. Presentations covered a variety of topics, including; a key note speech by Lindsay Thomson on the Scottish perspective of quality improvement in forensic services, the preliminary findings from the 9th Cycle, smoking cessation, the launch of the Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services and reports by our Patient Reviewers and Family and Friends Representatives on their involvement and recent initiatives.

Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services

For more information, please visit the QNPMHS webpage or
contact Megan Georgiou on

winter 2014

Making All the Difference: The Role of Frontline Staff in Quality Forensic Services
Thank you to everyone who attended the Frontline Staff event on 18 December 2014. We had a great turnout and heard from various services about good practice occurring at their units. You can view all the presentations from the day.

Latest Newsletter & Email Discussion Group


MSU Newsletter Issue 29


This issue explores implementing a healthy lifestyle within
Medium Secure Services.

We are currently open for article submission for the next MSU and LSU newsletters. Find out more on the News and Email Discussion Group sections under MSU and LSU.




Email Discussion Group

The Quality Network run a discussion group to enable any member of staff
from a member service to post questions to the Network and
receive responses and suggestions from other units.

If you would like to join the MSU or eLSU discussion group, please email 'join' to:


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Upcoming Events

Lead Reviewer Training
16 July (9:30-12:15)
22 July (9:30-12:15)
12 August (10:30-14:30)
25 August (9:30-12:15)
25 August (13:30-16:15)

Advisory Group

membership resources

This is a password protected area of the website for members to share resources.


Contact Us

If you would like more information regarding the Network you can speak to one of the team.

You may also be interested in the RCPsych Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry.