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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

Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services

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

Recruitment for Cycle 10 MSU and Cycle 4 LSU is now open

If you are an existing member we will need you to register for the next cycle to ensure we have up to date service and contact information, if you are a prospective new member please also register as this process allows us to find out more about you service and will support you in your future quality improvement endeavours.

For more information on how to register please contact Sam Holder at

winter 2014

Patient Artwork Competition 2015 for Medium and Low Secure Services:
Receiving Entries Now!
Please visit the MSU and LSU artwork pages for more information.

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.

Autumn 2014

Prison Mental Health Services Standards Consultation
We held a standards consultation event on 4 November 2014. There was an excellent turnout with around 120 people in attendance, including those from prison mental health teams and other organisations such as NHS England. The standards are currently out for electronic consultation before being revised, finalised and published in January 2015.

MSU Email Discussion Group Summary for Cycle 8/2 - 
Now available on the News & Discussion Group page.


Summer 2014

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 & Email Discussion Group


MSU Newsletter Issue 28


This issue explores the role of frontline staff in patient recovery 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

Engaging Patients, Friends and Family in the Quality Network's Review Process
16 April 2015

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.