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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

Summer 2016

Family and Friends Representative Vacancy

The Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting for Family and Friend representatives.

We are looking for family and friends who have been involved in the care of a loved one in a low or medium secure unit, and who can represent the views and issues faced by family and friends. We need your help to make sure that every view point is represented.



For more information about the roles and responsibilities of Family and Friends representative, and how to apply, please follow this link.


Patient Reviewer Recruitment


The Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting for one Patient Reviewer based in the North of England for reviews starting September 2016. The location of the reviewer is vital and therefore we regret to inform that we will not be accepting applications from patient’s that are not based specifically in the North of England. Follow this link for the job description and application form.


How to apply:

Please return a completed Application Form and CV via email, to Daniella Dzikunoo on or Madhuri Pankhania on We will need a reference from your care coordinator or responsible clinician – please seek their permission prior to applying for this post. If you prefer, hard application forms can be sent to:


Daniella Dzikunoo and Madhuri Pankhania


The Royal College of Psychiatrists

21 Prescot Street


E1 8BB


The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 01 July 2016. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.


We very much look forward to hearing from you. If you have any queries or would like more information about the role then please do not hesitate to contact us using the details below.


Daniella Dzikunoo                                            Madhuri Pankhania


Telephone: 020 3701 2670                              020 3701 2672



Please note that interviews are due to be held at the beginning of July (date to be confirmed).


Artwork Competition

The Quality Network is running an art competition to find new patient created artwork for our materials in Cycle 11-5. This is an exciting opportunity for patients to submit a piece of work which may be chosen as the main front page image of our publications, such as the ones currently used on our reports.


It is important to remember that 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 feel free to contact Madhuri Pankhania for LSU entries on and Joanna Parketny for MSU entries on if you have any enquiries in relation to this competition. The closing date for submission is the 30 June 2016.




Lead Reviewer Training

Who is lead reviewer training for?

Lead reviewer training is a free event for staff from a service that is a member of the Quality Network. The training is a great learning experience for those who are interested in leading external peer-reviews, at  medium and low secure forensic mental health services. The training will be held at the Royal College of Psychiatrists on 5 July and 9 August 2016.

Additionally, an extra date has been set for lead review training in Leeds at the St George's Conference Centre on 27 July 2016.

Learning Outcomes:

The training will give potential lead reviewers the opportunity to gain practical knowledge about how to lead a peer-review visit. The training day will involve presentation, discussion and workshops created to develop the skills of a lead reviewer.  

Booking a place:

To book a place for lead reviewer training, please complete the online booking forms. Please note, there are separate forms for the London and Leeds events.

Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB -   5 July and 9 August, booking form.

Leeds, St George's Conference Centre, Great George Street, Leeds, LS1 3DL - 27 July 2016, booking form.

For more information about the lead reviewer training events, please click here.

If you have any questions about the training event,  please contact Joanna Parketny at or Sandra Adisa at


Spring 2016
MSU & LSU Annual Forums

The Quality Network held its MSU Annual Forum on 19 May 2016 and the LSU Annual Forum on 16 June 2016. These were interactive events packed with presentations and workshops. Many thanks to all who attended, it was an opportunity for professionals from all disciplines, patients and family and friends, to meet and discuss key service development issues relevant to inpatient forensic mental health services. For the presentation material, follow this link.


Latest Newsletter & Email Discussion Group

MSU Newsletter Issue 32

This issue explores environment and facilities within
Medium Secure Services. 

                Newsletter 32

LSU Newsletter Issue 12

This issue explores pathways and outcomes within
Low Secure Services.

Newsletter lsu12


 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:

Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services
For more information, please visit the QNPMHS webpage or
contact Megan Georgiou on

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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.