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

NHS England, May 2018

This toolkit aims to provide clear information for carers, service users, service providers and commissioners about how carers of people who use secure mental health services should be engaged with, supported, involved and empowered.

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Public health in prisons and secure settings

Public Health England, April 2018

These are resources to track, treat and prevent single infections and outbreaks in prisons, secure settings and health services. They include guidance on:

  • Infection control in prisons and secure settings
  • Reporting single incidents and outbreaks
  • Prison and secure settings health services
  • Prescribed places of detention: health needs assessment toolkits
  • Improving testing and treatment rates for bloodborne viruses
  • Five nations health and justice collaboration

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Service specification: medium secure mental health services (Adult)

NHS England, March 2018

This service specification describes medium secure inpatient services for adults (male and female) to be delivered within a clearly defined geographical area at multi-regional, regional and/or sub-regional level with service configuration determined locally based on population needs and existing service provision.

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Obesity in mental health secure units

Public Health England, February 2017

This review summarises the latest evidence on obesity in secure mental health units. It has been produced by Public Health England and the University of Sheffield to support the NHS England Mental Health Programme of Care Board and the future commissioning of these services.

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Peer Support in Secure Settings

Together for Mental Wellbeing, 12 November 2014

Together have published the findings of a consultation project to scope the status and potential of peer support in secure settings. This is the first time that such a project has been undertaken in secure settings, and the project reached more than 220 service users in secure units, in addition to staff.

The aim of the project, which was commissioned by the Forensic Partnership, was to assess to what extent peer support exists in secure settings, how service users and staff respond to it, what value it has and what the challenges are for rolling it out more widely.

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Womens secure hospital care pathways in practice: a qualitative analysis of clinicians views in England and Wales

BMC Health Services Research, 1 October 2014

In England and Wales women form a small but significant group within the wider, largely male, secure hospital population. Secure hospitals are designed to assess and treat individuals with both mental health problems and significant criminal behaviour. The theoretical approach to the care of secure hospital women is increasingly informed by a grasp of gender-specific issues. However, there is a lack of evidence on the adequacy of current structures and processes of care delivery. This qualitative study explores the nature and quality of care pathways for women in low and medium secure hospital beds by eliciting participants’ views of factors enhancing or impeding care.

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Recovery support can help people in forensic mental health services, says briefing paper

Mental Health Today, 16 September 2014

People in secure mental health services should be offered support that helps them in their personal recovery journeys, according to a briefing paper published by Centre for Mental Health and the Mental Health Network of the NHS Confederation.

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