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Physical Security in Medium and Low Secure Services, 03 March 2020

We are excited to announce that our next special interest day will be on the theme of 'Physical Security in Medium and Low Secure Services'.

The event will cover all aspects of physical security in secure services. It will be an opportunity for medium and low secure services to share good practice, learning, challenges and barriers relating to the management of physical security.

The day will consist of presentations and discussion and it will enable delegates to consult on the draft physical security tool being developed to support services to standardise their procedures, practices and training.

When: 03 March 2020, 10:00 - 4:10pm

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

Booking: Please book your place using this online booking form.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact kelly.rodriguez@rcpsych.ac.uk or 0203 701 2684.

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.

Next Training Date:

21 January 2020  (2:00pm -  5:00pm) - London  

20 April 2020 (2:00pm -  5:00pm) - London  

Book your place!

If you would like to attend either of the above training dates, please complete this online booking form. A member of the team will then confirm your place on the training.

If you have any questions about QNFMHS reviewer training, please contact Kate.Bennett@rcpsych.ac.uk

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:

Prison Transfer and Remission: Improving Practice, 27 November 2018

Managing a Healthy Weight, 27 February 2019

MSU Annual Forum, 21 May 2019

LSU Annual Forum, 20 June 2019

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


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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