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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
LSU Annual Forum 2016 - 16 June 2016

The Quality Network is holding the LSU Annual Forum on 16 June 2016. This is an interactive event packed with presentations and workshops. The Annual Forum is 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 (low secure) in greater detail and share ideas about the future. If you are interested in attending the LSU Annual Forum, please complete the booking form and return to Karen Traynor at by 01 June 2016.



Member services are invited to submit presentation proposals for workshops in the following areas: 

  • Smoking cessation
  • Using outcomes in clinical practice
  • Physical healthcare
  • Family and friends involvement
  • Staff support and well-being/ effective workforce
  • Technology and IT
  • The service environment

If you are interested in presenting a workshop at this event, please complete the proposal form by 23  May 2016.

Who should attend the event?

  • All MSU staff, patients and family and friends involved in or interested in being involved in the Quality Network review process.
  • All commissioners, managers, staff members, patients interested in the Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services – Medium Secure Services

Location: Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB

Cost: Each member service receives one free place at the Annual Forum. Additional places are charged at £40 (Quality Network members), £80 (non-members).

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Karen Traynor at


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 Annual Forum 2016 - 19 May 2016

The Quality Network held its MSU Annual Forum on 19 May 2016. This was an interactive event 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.