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Minimum and medium security: The interface: use of Section 17 trial leave

  • A. J. B. James (a1), J. Smith (a2), R. Hoogkamer, J. Laing and W. M. Donovan (a1)...
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This paper examines the use of Section 17 trial leave from local psychiatric units to regional secure units in order to facilitate the return of patients to local services when higher security is no longer necessary. The current national shortage of medium secure beds is exacerbated by such patients when general psychiatric services are unwilling to have them back. Experience from the regional secure units in the old South Western Region has shown beneficial effects of the use of Section 17 trial leave in this way.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Minimum and medium security: The interface: use of Section 17 trial leave

  • A. J. B. James (a1), J. Smith (a2), R. Hoogkamer, J. Laing and W. M. Donovan (a1)...
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