The NIHR funded study titled ‘Characteristics and Needs of Long-Stay Patients in High and Medium Secure Forensic Psychiatric Care: Implications For Service Organisation’ led by Professor Birgit Völlm marked its completion in March 2016. The overall aim of this project was to provide data to help improve the quality and cost-efficiency of care and management of patients who stay for prolonged periods in high and medium secure forensic-psychiatric settings.
Key findings include:
The study concluded that without a national strategy and service specifications for this group it is likely that their needs are not met. Key factors in the provision for long-stay patients identified included a stable environment allowing the development of long-term relationships with staff and patients, flexibility and an emphasis on quality of life, autonomy, meaningful activities and community links.
Further information about the study can be found at the CANLIS website.
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