Accessibility Page Navigation
Style sheets must be enabled to view this page as it was intended.
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


What is the Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services?

The Network 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.

QNFMHS Latest News


New Patient Reviewers and Family and Friends Representatives Recruited for Cycle 9/3

The Quality Network would like to welcome the new additions to the team.

MSU & LSU Patient Artwork Winners 2014 Announced!

Patients across our services have submitted artwork of all types for this year's competition. Thank you to all of those who took part!

New Standards for Medium Secure Services Released

The full document can be seen in Publications.

Annual Reports Published

The full MSU report can now be viewed in Cycle Reports.
Further information regarding the LSU report can be found here.



Latest Newsletter

MSU Newsletter Issue 25

MSU Newsletter Issue 25

This issue explores service user involvement 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:

Make a Donation

Medium Secure

Low Secure services

Upcoming Events

Lead Reviewer Training
17 September 2014
20 October 2014

Prison Mental Health
In-Reach Services
Expert Consultation Event

4 November 2014

Making All the Difference: The Role of Frontline Staff in Quality Forensic Services
18 December 2014

Medium Secure Service Annual Forum 2015
5 May 2015

Low Secure Services Annual Forum 2015
25 June 2015

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.


For the latest Department of Health:

'A guide to relational security for people who work in
secure mental health settings'

please visit the GOV.UK webpage.