A comparison of staff descriptions of their current work setting in a high-secure hospital [2016]

The occupational therapy and rehabilitation therapy services working at Broadmoor Hospital, West London Mental Health Trust (WLHMT), have recently come together under one management structure. This merger led to the idea of measuring the work environment of both services to establish any differences or commonalities to provide a baseline measurement

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A retrospective study comparing the length of admission of medium secure unit patients admitted in the three decades since 1985 [2018]

Aims and method Admissions of patients to secure forensic hospitals are often lengthy. Previous research has examined factors associated with prolonged admission, but studies analysing admission data at a single medium secure unit (MSU) over a prolonged time period are lacking. We compared admission data for all patients admitted to

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A Review of Questionnaire Measures for Assessing the Social Climate in Prisons and Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals [2015]

Significant time and resources are devoted to the monitoring of social climate in secure settings. However, if these efforts are to help (rather than hinder) attempts to improve the functioning of such units, the monitoring of social climate must be based on sound psychometric methods. The aim of this review

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Ageing patients in forensic psychiatric settings: A review of the literature [2018]

Objectives The prevalence of ageing patients in forensic psychiatric settings is increasing. However, limited research has reported around this population. The aim of this scoping review is to synthesise the current evidence around ageing forensic psychiatric patients. Methods The literature was searched through four databases and Google searches. The identified

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An Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry – 2018-02

Forensic psychiatry, also known as psychiatry and the law, is a subspecialty of psychiatry with a separate 1-year, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved fellowship training program and subspecialty board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Forensic psychiatrists practice at the interface of psychiatry and the law

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Assessing change in dynamic risk factors in forensic psychiatric inpatients: relationship with psychopathy and recidivism – 2017-10

This study explored change in dynamic risk for violence using the Clinical and Risk Management subscales of the Historical Clinical and Risk Management-20 version 3 (HCR-20 v3) and sought to determine whether change was associated with violent recidivism. The association between the magnitude of change and psychopathy was also assessed.

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Attitudes to personality disorder of staff working in high-security and medium-security hospitals – 2017

The discourse surrounding personality disorder is largely negative, and the diagnosis is considered to be associated with a degree of stigma. This study aimed to investigate staff attitudes towards personality disorder in high-security and medium-security forensic–psychiatric hospitals in the UK. The Attitude to Personality Disorder Questionnaire was completed by 132

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Building from the ground up: exploring forensic mental health staff’s relationships with patients [2018]

Recovery-orientated care is becoming generally accepted as the best practice, and continued development in the ways it is practiced is necessary to ensure improvement of ongoing care. Forensic patients often experience double stigmatization (the dual stigma of mental illness and offending behaviour) and during admission to hospital may lose touch

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Building Integrated Youth Forensic Services – The Journey – 2015-11-17

The Youth Forensic Service is a new provincial ministry initiative, intended to provide alternate care pathways for youth with mental health disorders who find themselves in conflict with the law. By way of forensic assessments, our service’s primary goal is to inform the courts about the influence of mental illness upon a

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Burnout symptoms in forensic mental health nurses: Results from a longitudinal study [2018]

Burnout in nursing staff is a major cause for turnover and absenteeism. Identifying risk and protective factors may be helpful in decreasing burnout symptoms. Moreover, research indicates that ambulatory assessments of the autonomic nervous system might be helpful in detecting long‐term stress and burnout symptoms. One hundred and ten forensic

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Co-creation of the Safewards Model in a Forensic Mental Health Care Facility [2018]

Violence and aggression are highly complex problems in mental health care facilities; thus, multi-faceted conflict-reduction strategies are required to mitigate and reduce violence. Safewards is an evidence-informed model aimed at preventing events that have the capacity to trigger aggression and violence. Effectiveness studies of the implementation of Safewards have shown

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Development of forensic normative data for the WAIS-IV – 2018

Purpose The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV) (Wechsler, 2008) is a cognitive assessment that is often used in secure forensic settings, however it has not been normed on this population. The purpose of this paper is to develop forensic normative data. Design/methodology/approach Patient files in a high

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Does Formulation of Service Users’ Difficulties Improve Empathy in Forensic Mental Health Services? [2017]

The culture and values of the National Health Service and the staff that work within it have received much attention over recent years. The erosion of empathy and compassionate care toward service users has been highlighted. Psychological formulation may be one way that clinicians can understand their service users more

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eHealth in Treatment of Offenders in Forensic Mental Health: A Review of the Current State – 2018-02

Background: Treatment of offenders in forensic mental health is complex. Often, these in- or outpatients have low treatment motivation, suffer from multiple disorders, and have poor literacy skills. eHealth may be able to improve treatment outcomes because of its potential to increase motivation and engagement, and it can overcome the

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English vs Dutch high secure hospitals: service user perspectives – 2018

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe service users’ perspectives on the difference between high secure long-stay forensic psychiatric services in the Netherlands and high secure forensic psychiatric care in England. These perspectives are relevant in considering the benefits of a similar long-stay service in England. Design/methodology/approach A

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Expanding the early and late starter model of criminal justice involvement for forensic mental health clients – 2018

The early and late starter model provides one of the most enduring frameworks for understanding the developmental course and severity of violence and criminality among individuals with severe mental illness. We expanded the model to account for differences in the age of onset of criminal behavior and added a group

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Exploring forensic environments: how do environmental factors influence individual outcomes for residents and staff? A systematic review [2018]

Purpose Increasing attention is focusing on the role of environments in the rehabilitation of offenders, with a range of reported outcomes in the literature. The purpose of this paper is to explore forensic environments and the outcomes and changes that result, in order to assess the current knowledge in this

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Family Support Groups for Family Members of Mentally Ill Offenders: Family Expectations and Experiences [2018]

Family Support Groups (FSGs) are developed for family members of mentally ill offenders. This study investigates family treatment expectations and experiences of an FSG. Family members were interviewed before (n = 20) and after (n = 17) attending an FSG. Results show that family members hesitated or were curious about

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Fitness to Stand Trial and Criminal Responsibility Assessments in Canada: Improving Access to Qualified Mental Health Professionals – Canadian Psychological Association – 2017-12

The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is the national association for the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. The assessment of fitness to stand trial and the assessment of criminal responsibility are key activities necessary to the administration of justice at the interface of mental health and the law. Canadian psychologists have

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Forensic Assertive Community Treatment in a Continuum of Care for Male Internees in Belgium: Results After 33 Months – 2018-01

Non-forensic or regular assertive community treatment (ACT) has positive effects on non-forensic outcomes but has poor effects on forensic outcome measures. In this study, we examined non-forensic and forensic outcome measures of a forensic adaptation of ACT (ForACT) within a continuum of care for internees. Data were collected retrospectively from

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Forensic Nursing State of the Science: Research and Practice Opportunities – 2018-01

Introduction: The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) is the only nursing organization advancing the forensic nursing specialty. The organization seeks to advance the profession, and one mechanism for doing so is development of a research agenda. Methods: The purpose of this action-based research study was to aid in the

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Forensic psychiatric experiences, stigma, and self-concept: a mixed-methods study – 2018-01-15

This study used a mixed-methods approach to investigate stigma experiences and self-concepts of individuals with both mental illness and criminal histories. The full sample of participants completed self-report measures of self-concept related to mental illness, race, and criminal history, and a brief qualitative self-concept measure. A subsample of participants completed

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Forensic psychiatric experiences, stigma, and self-concept: a mixed-methods study [2018]

This study used a mixed-methods approach to investigate stigma experiences and self-concepts of individuals with both mental illness and criminal histories. The full sample of participants completed self-report measures of self-concept related to mental illness, race, and criminal history, and a brief qualitative self-concept measure. A subsample of participants completed

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Fusion legislation and forensic psychiatry: the criminal justice provisions of the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 – 2018

Fusion legislation is the latest in a long line of reforms in mental health law that have sought to increase patient autonomy. It has not been without controversy, having been proposed and rejected in various jurisdictions throughout the UK and internationally, while causing considerable debate in the academic literature. This

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Healthcare assistants’ experiences on forensic mental health wards – 2018

Purpose In forensic mental health wards, patients spend more time with healthcare assistants (HCAs) than qualified nurses. Despite this, there is no universally utilised standardised HCA training. The purpose of this paper is to assess the HCAs’ experiences in the HCA role in order to better understand how to build

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