Our events and training



Joint event Quality Networks, ELFT and Traverse: Emerging Drug Trends and Their Impact on Mental Health Services

1 and 2 June 202

We are excited to announce a two day event, in joint partnership with the Quality Networks for Forensics, Prison and PICU mental health services, with East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) and Traverse.

The emerging drugs trends and their impact on mental health service is a two day symposium on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1st and 2nd June being organised by East London Foundation Trust Forensic Services, Traverse and the Royal College of Psychiatrists CCQI. We aim to bring together national and international experts to share their work on new policy, new trends and new developments in the field of substance use and addictions. There will also be sessions dedicated for front line professionals to share their work and for service users to share their experiences. All attendees will be given the opportunity to develop discussion points within breakout rooms and share these during whole forum discussion sessions.

Please use our online booking form to register for the event.

Please see the programme for specific timings.

QNFMHS Webinars

Managing Healthy Weight Guidelines

29 April, 12:00 - 14:00

Following the release of the ‘Managing a healthy weight in adult secure services – practice guidance document’, the Quality Network invites members to attend a two-hour webinar to help highlight and explain the guidance document. This webinar will explore the key points of the document and provide helpful and informative guidance to support teams in its implementation.

We will have opportunities for members to speak about their own experience of implementing the guidance and share the good practice taking place. We would like to encourage clinicians to speak about their approach to the work on managing a healthy weight, including where relevant what colleagues have been doing in relation to the  CQUIN. It would be great to hear what innovative approaches have developed during 2020/21 too as a consequence of the pandemic.

Calling for webinar presenters!

We are hosting regular webinars/discussion groups where individuals can come together to learn and discuss certain topics. Each webinar will have a specific theme, are free to join and will be facilitated by the QN team.

If you would like to know about our upcoming webinars, please email forensics@rcpsych.ac.uk to express your interest. We will then be in touch with a video link for you to connect to the relevant session and guidance on how to participate.

If you are interested in presenting a webinar, please read our guidance for submitting a webinar proposal.

Potential webinar themes include:

  • PPE
  • section 17 leave
  • prison transfer and remission
  • escorting to general and acute hospitals
  • managing demand and capacity
  • digital solutions
  • enforced isolation
  • seclusion and long term segregation reviews
  • staff support and wellbeing
  • communication with carers
  • motivating and engaging patients.

There is no set deadline for webinar proposals.

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 the new virtual peer-reviews of medium and low secure forensic mental health services.

We strongly encourage individuals organising and reviewing other services to attend this condensed training, which will cover the new process of virtual reviews.

Learning objectives

The training will give potential reviewers the opportunity to gain practical knowledge about how to conduct a peer-review visit virtually. The online training session will involve presentation and discussion 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. understand how to effectively carry out and participate in a virtual peer-review.

The training is free to member services.

Next training dates

We currently do not have training dates booked in for the rest of the peer-review cycle. We will be looking to host future sessions in Summer 2021. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in receiving this training.

If you have any questions about QNFMHS reviewer training, please contact us on forensics@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Encourage patients and carers to get creative!

We are very pleased to announce the launch of our 2021 Artwork and Creative Writing Competition!

As always, we are accepting visual art displays but we understand resources/supplies may be limited, so we have also opened up the competition for creative writing entries too.

This is an annual competition open to all patients and family and friends at secure services, who may have their artwork featured on the forensic networks future publications and displays.

To advertise our artwork competition in your services, we have created this poster.

How to enter

Visual artwork: Please send photographs of artwork to the email below, along with a completed artwork submission form for each entry.

Creative writing: Please send files/copies of creative writing entries to the email below, along with a completed creative writing submission form for each entry.

Please send all submissions and queries to forensics@rcpsych.ac.uk by 10 May 2021.

List - QNFMHS previous events

If you would like to access presentations from our past events, you can find these on our group page on Knowledge Hub under the 'library' tab.

To join knowledge hub, email 'join' to forensics@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Previous event presentations on knowledge hub:

Physical Security in Medium and Low Secure Services, 3 March 2020

Trauma-Informed Care within Forensic and Prison Mental Health Services, 21 November 2019

LSU Annual Forum, 20 June 2019

MSU Annual Forum, 21 May 2019

Managing a Healthy Weight, 27 February 2019

Prison Transfer and Remission: Improving Practice, 27 November 2018





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