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

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 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.

When: 01 and 02 June 2021

Time: TBC

Location: Online

Registration: To book your place please visit the registration page

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 of mental health services in prison.

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 presentations, discussions 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 the 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:

We have a number of virtual online reviewer training sessions available. All training sessions are the same, so please only book onto one session per person:

  • Wednesday 14 April 2021 (12 noon - 1pm)
  • Wednesday 15 September 2021 (11am - 12 noon)
  • Monday 11 October 2021 (2pm - 3pm)

Please book your place by visiting our online registration form.

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 prisonnetwork@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Presentations from the following events can be found on Knowledge Hub:

  • Prison Transfer and Remission: Improving Practice, 27 November 2018
  • Safety in Prisons, 14 March 2019
  • CPA Consultation Event, 11 April 2019
  • QNPMHS 4th Annual Forum, 02 July 2019
  • Trauma-Informed Care within Forensic and Prison Mental Health Services, 21 November 2019
  • QNPMHS 5th Annual Forum, 03 December 2020
  • QNPMHS Standards Revision, 17 March 2021

We are pleased to announce that we are now taking submissions for our QNPMHS Artwork and Creative Writing Competition for patients! This is an annual competition open to all patients of prison mental health services, who may have their artwork featured on the prison networks future publications and displays.

Encourage patients to get creative!

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.

We would be very grateful if you could make as many patients as possible aware of the competition by displaying the poster below within your service. A PDF can be found here for printing.

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 prisonnetwork@rcpsych.ac.uk by 10 May 2021.

We look forward to receiving lots of wonderful entries!

Previous competitions

Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece of artwork for our 2020 competition. The artwork was published in our summer 2020 newsletter. The creative writing booklet was combined with our sister QNFMHS project and published here

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