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Trauma-informed care within forensic and prison mental health services, 21 November 2019

We are excited to announce that the Quality Networks for Prison and Forensic Mental Health Services will be running a joint event on Trauma-informed care within forensic and prison mental health services. The day will involve a range of workshops, expert panel discussions and presentations.

It is a great opportunity for professionals from all disciplines working in Prison and Forensic Mental Health Services, stakeholders, patients and carers to come together and discuss key service development issues and sharing good practice relevant to trauma-informed care within prisons and secure services.

Booking: Please book your place using this online booking form

Please note: this event is now fully booked, but you can complete the booking form and will be placed on a waiting list, so that we can contact you if a space becomes available.

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

When: 10:00am to 16:10pm, 21 November 2019

Cost: If you are staff working in a member service, or a patient or carer, you can attend for free. Staff from non-member services must pay a cost of £75 a place.

You can access the draft event programme here.

For any queries about this event, please contact jemini.jethwa@rcpsych.ac.uk

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 participating in external peer-reviews, at medium and low secure forensic mental health services.

Learning objectives

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

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Quality Network’s overall peer-review review process
  2. Deliver the role and responsibilities of a peer reviewer before, during and after the peer-review
  3. Troubleshoot and manage complaints and other difficulties that may arise during a peer-review
  4. Describe and promote the ethos of the Quality Network’s peer-reviews
  5. Describe the key benefits of the peer-review process and membership of the Quality Network

The training is free to member services.

Training dates

We will be announcing more training sessions to take place early 2020.

QNFMHS previous events


Managing the diversity challenge
Mat Kinton, National MHA Policy Advisor, Care Quality Commission

The value and purpose of the Carers' Toolkit
Sheena Foster, Family and Friends Representative, CCQI and Rosie Ayub, NHS England

An update from the Quality Network
Megan Georgiou and Matthew Oultram, QNFMHS

Moving on: transforming low and medium secure care
Justine Faulkner, Programme Lead, Mental Health Secure Care Programme, NHS England

Mind the Gap: Specialist Community Forensic Teams
Dr Paul MacAllister, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist, Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Leaving Secure Care

A: A Successful Discharge
Mark Haslam and Michael Humes, Patient Reviewers, QNFMHS

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act
Dr Sarah Markham, Patient Reviewer, QNFMHS

Family and Friends

A: Improving the involvement of family/carers and friends of patients on a low secure unit

Jane Arnold, Ward Manager and Dr Ken Murphy, Senior Clinical Psychologist, River House, South Maudsley NHS Trust

B: A parent's responsibility has no expiry date - In sickness and in health, 'til death us do part'
Sarah Shirley, Friends and Family Representative, QNFMHS

Staff Support and Wellbeing

A: Staff support and wellbeing and a model of a healthy organisation

Hilary Dunne, Director of Clinical Services, Tammazine Adcock, Regional Lead Psychologist and Maria Patron, Ward Manager, Priory Hospital East Midlands, Priory Group

B: Improving staff health and wellbeing in a low secure setting
Lisa Potter, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Kemple View, Priory Group

Effective Treatment and Support

A: Working with men who sexually offend against children - The importance of peer support

Dr James Winkworth, Clinical Psychologist and Lucy Pedrick, Ward Sister, Wood Lea Clinic, Essex Partnership University NHS Trust

B: Implementing DBT skills training on a male low secure ward

Dr Louise Roberts, Lead Clinical Psychologist and Viktoria Nagy, Assistant Psychologist, Robin Pinto Unit, Essex Partnership University Trust

Health and wellbeing

A: Creative mindfulness: Finding mindfulness in art: Finding mindfulness in art

Abi Akinyemi, Integrative Psychotherapist, St Mary's, St George's Healthcare Group

B: Men's Health Group

Gavin Jones, Engagement, Activity and Physical Health Practitioner, Montpellier Unit, 2gether NHS Trust

Diversity in secure services

A: Women's wellbeing
Anna Gillespie, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, Hope Donnelly, Therapeutic Working Day Coordinator and Nancy Marsh, Forensic Recovery College Worker, Bracton Centre, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

B: Addressing diversity and equality diversity

Cassie Baugh, Project Worker and Kate Townsend, Deputy Programme Manager, CCQI


Community forensic outreach services in Sussex
Dr Richard Noon, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, Molly Lusted-Challen, Senior Social Worker, Marie Caliendo, Senior Social Worker, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Jay/Jail: Rapid prisoner assessment and management service
Dr Pratish Thakkar and Santosh Kumar, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and Richard Wood, NHS England

An update from the Quality Network
Megan Georgiou and Matthew Oultram, QNFMHS

Managing the diversity challenge
Mat Kinton, National MHA Policy Advisor, Care Quality Commission

The value and purpose of the Carers’ Toolkit
Mick McKeown, Professor of Democratic Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire


Recovery and engagement

A: Our research findings: The additional recovery challenges facing forensic service users
Dr Deborah Alred, Consultant Occupational Therapist, and Richard Love and Chris Moxon, Peer Researchers, Hellingly Centre, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

B: Relational Discovery: A framework for culture change, clinical and organisational practice
Louise Yorke and James McCarthy, Psychology Lead and Senior Clinical Pharmacist Prescriber, Langdon Hospital, Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Managing the diversity challenge

A: Supporting our staff in the face of hate and racism

Liz Allen, FrontFoot and Michael Humes, Patient Reviewer, CCQI

B: Promoting staff awareness of cultural competence within a medium secure environment
Piyal Sen and Grace Nyandoro, Medical Director and Head of Social Work, Elysium Healthcare, Chadwick Lodge and Eaglestone View

Family and friends

A: How trauma affects family and friends involvement

Louise Maclellan, Family and Friends Representative, CCQI

B: OSCARS: Celebrating success together
Steven Clark and Leanne Bowditch, Lead Clinical Exercise Therapist and Lead Occupational Therapist, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Women in secure services

A: Women’s wellbeing

Hope Donnelly and Nancy Marsh, Therapeutic Working Day Coordinator and

Forensic Recovery College Worker/Research Assistant, Bracton Centre,

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

B: Empowering women in their recovery through secure services

Su Pashley, Patient Reviewer, CCQI and BG, Service User, St Andrew’s Healthcare

Workshop findings

Staff support and wellbeing

A: Learning from critical incident stress management – 110 debriefs over 6 years

Dr Michael Lawson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Hellingly Centre, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

B: Valuing reflective practice in secure services

Karen Howell, Head of Psychology, Chadwick Lodge and Head of Psychology Profession, Northern Region

Promoting a safe environment

A: Making our services safer: using Safewards methodology in secure services
Kate Baker, Project Facilitator, and James C, Service User, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS University Foundation Trust

B: Use of technology to enhance the therapeutic impact of seclusion

Lucy McCarthy, Senior Research Fellow, Arnold Lodge, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Poster Presentations:

Reducing Restrictive Practice

Poster designed by Anna Davis (anna.davis5@nhs.net), Reilly Windsor-Daly (reilly.windsor-daly@nhs.net) and Sharon Ryan (sharon.ryan16@nhs.net) in collaboration with patients. 


Walk a mile in my shoes
Chris Young, author of ‘Walk a Mile: Tales of a Wandering Loon’

The reality of living with mental illness 
Suzi Taylor, author of ‘I Blame the Hormones’

You’re hired! Choosing the ultimate MDT member
Su Pashley and Michael Humes, Patient Reviewers

Life as a Patient Reviewer
Sue Denison and Mark Haslam, Patient Reviewers, CCQI

Taking control of your own recovery
Su Pashley, Patient Reviewer, CCQI


Involvement and Engagement in Ridgeway
The Recovery & Outcomes Support Team and Patients from Ridgeway, Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

Running For My Life: My mental health recovery journey

Rachel Cullen, author of ‘Running for my Life’

My Recovery Journey: Finding My Voice

Sarah Markham, Patient Reviewer, QNFMHS

My Recovery Journey: Finding My Voice

Staff and Patients from John Howard Centre, East London NHS Foundation Trust 

In Order to Move Forward, We Need to Make Sense of the Past

Wayne Saville, Expert by Experience

Tamarind Service User Awards

Staff and Patients from Tamarind Centre, Birmingham & Solihull NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust

Mission Fit

Staff and Patient from The Spinney, Elysium Healthcare

Carer support and involvement in secure mental health services: A toolkit

A toolkit on how carers of people who use secure mental health services should be engaged with, supported, involved and empowered.

Step into my shoes for a moment
Susannah, Patient Reviewer, QNFMHS

Relational Security - Where we are now
Wayne Harvey, Forensic Security Manager, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Bringing back 'See, Think, Act'
Dan Austin, Clinical Security Co-ordinator, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The clinical utility of the Relational Security Explorer: views of forensic mental health professionals
Verity Chester, Research and Projects Associate, Priory Group

How we adapted See, Think, Act for community housing services
Patrick O'Dwyer, Head of Mental Health Development, Karen Browne, Contract Manager and Nathan Rhodes, Team Leader, Look Ahead

Violence Reduction and Proactive Engagement
James White, Senior Staff Nurse, Relational Security Lead, Devon Partnership Trust

What we learned when we were delivering training
Elizabeth Allen, FrontFoot and author of See, Think, Act

Communicating with family and friends introduction
Matt Oultram, QNFMHS

Carers toolkit - involving carers in secure mental health services
Mick Mckeown, Reader in Democratic Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire

Just Do It - Get Involved
Sheena Foster, Family and Friends Representative, CCQI

South East Regional Carer's Involvement Group - An evolving journey to improve carer engagement and experience across the region.
Charlotte Allen, Quality and Governance Assistant, Lynne Clayton, Carer Representative, Kathryn Fullbrook, Forensic Social Worker, Katherine Pearson, Lead Inpatient Social Worker

Project Teulu: Implementing Family Liason Meeting in Low Secure Forensic Services
Andrea Davies, Clinical Psychologist & Systemic Psychotherapist, Stephen Godden, Acting Clinical Lead


Delivering the Triangle of Care, Secure Carer Participation and Engagement in Practice
Amanda McBride, Senior Forensic Social Worker & Carers Lead Secure Division and Paula Jackson, Family member of a patient

The role of the secure services carers support worker in enhancing communication with family and friends
Wayne Burrows, Matron and Julie Carey, Deputy Matron

Family and Friends at Langdon Hospital: our journey and the next steps
Emily Poole, Patient Carer Liaison

Supporting family and friends to become active participants in care provision at an inpatient mental health service
Jennifer Beal, Head of Occupational Therapy, Emily Kobelis, Deputy Head of Occupational Therapy, Mr & Mrs Hendle, Family members of a service user

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