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Second visit to Cairo


During October 2017 a meeting of the L.I.F.E (Long term Incarcerated Patients in Forensic Settings: Role of Research in Socioeconomic Enhancement) project, aiming to develop best practice for forensic-psychiatric services in Egypt, took place at Ains Shams University in Cairo.

The meeting included a three-day Train the trainers course on the HCR-20, the most commonly used risk assessment tool in forensic psychiatry, for local colleagues.

The training was delivered by Professor Kevin Douglas, one of the authors of the HCR-20. At the same time the first version of the Arabic translation of the tool was presented. The translation will be further developed and field tested.

Professor Birgit Völlm,  UK Principal Investigator of the project, said: “I was very impressed by the progress of the translation in such a short period of time. It is very exciting to see this important tool becoming available for use in Arabic speaking countries for the first time.”

On 30.10.2017 the International Forensic Psychiatry Day took place where Prof. Völlm delivered a talk on forensic psychiatry in the UK. The meeting was life-streamed and well-received, including reporting in the Egyptian press.

Further information can be found on the project website:

Posted on Wednesday 20th December 2017

Forensic Mental Health Research

The University of Nottingham
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Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology

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