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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services



The Quality Network has produced a number of publications documenting and exploring the various topics associated with forensic mental health. Below you can find our work on setting standards within secure settings and a number of good practice leaflets taken from workshop discussions.

The Medium Secure Annual Report can be found on the Reports page.


Standards 2016



Standards for Medium and Low Secure Services (2016)  


Supplementary Standards

Standards for Psychotherapy in MSUs


Standards for Deaf People In Medium Secure Care

Watch the Sign Language video


Standards for Patients with Learning Disabilities in Secure Care
Standards and criteria for Women in Medium Secure Care  Standards for Substance Misuse interventions for use in MSUs Standards for Community Forensic Mental Health Services  


Previous editions 

Standards for Medium Secure Services (2014)   Standards for Low Secure Services (2012)


Other Publications

The Quality Network has developed a number of leaflets based on Annual Report recommendations.

Cycle 8

Service User Involvement

Carer Involvement 


Cycle 7


Physical Security

 Relational Security


Cycle 6

recovery leaflet physical vocation

Implementation of Recovery Models

Access to Education Physical Security Vocational Opportunities

Cycle 5

25 Hours Activity   
Good Food Leaflet   Good Food
Spider Diagram Tool


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Upcoming Events

Lead Reviewer Training

Thursday 17 July
Thursday 7 August
Wednesday 17 September



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If you would like more information regarding the Network you can speak to one of the team.


Policy Library

This is a password protected area of the website for members to share resources.


You may also be interested in the RCPsych Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry.