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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

Cycle 12-6 Membership Recruitment - Now Open!

In order to join the Network for the upcoming cycle, please complete and submit the electronic joining form and service information form. A memorandum of understanding outlines the terms and conditions of joining the Network.

Following a period of consultation, the upcoming cycle will introduce a number of changes to the framework by which we review services.

As a result of these changes we have revised the membership costs (please note that membership is site-based/per address and we are not able to travel between locations to conduct reviews).

The deadline for submitting your forms is 31 May 2017.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Forensic team. We look forward to working with you in Cycle 12-6.

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.

Annual Reports


Medium Secure Annual Report                                            Low Secure Annual Report

Upcoming Events

MSU & LSU annual forums 2017

The annual forums will take place on 25 May (MSU) and 29 June (LSU).

For more information and to book a place, please visit the events page.


Email discussion summaries

Each cycle members of the Quality Network can utilise an email discussion group. This is a great resource to share examples of good practice and discuss key themes and issues that can arise within secure care. The topics discussed and responses from our members are summarised in the email discussion summaries.


Artwork Competition

Many thanks to everyone who entered our artwork competition for Cycle 11 & 5. The Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services is now running an art competition for Cycle 12 & 6. This is an exciting opportunity for patients from your unit to submit a piece of work which may be chosen as the main front page image on our publications, such as the ones currently used on our reports.

The winning images will be used for leaflets, reports and other publications and therefore photographs of paintings, mixed media and crafts will be needed. Please contact Daniella Dzikunoo on for LSU entries or Joanna Parketny on for MSU entries, and if you have any queries in relation to this competition. The closing date for submissions is the 17 June 2017.

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Latest Newsletters

Forensic Newsletter Issue 34

This issue explores Least Restrictive Practice within
Low and 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 LSU discussion group, please email 'join' to:

Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services
For more information, please visit

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Joining the network

News & email discussion group

Annual report & forum material

Upcoming Events

Advisory Group


see think act

The relational security guide 

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.