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Psychiatric clinics in probation offices in South Wales

  • Phil Huckle (a1), Tara Travier (a1) and Sylvia Scarf (a1)
Abstract

A descriptive study of a psychiatric probation clinic based in South Wales is presented. Over a three year period, 100 probation clients were assessed by forensic psychiatrists at the request of the Probation Services in South Wales. The majority of these clients were mentally disordered, with common diagnoses being personality disorder (35%), substance misuse (11%), schizophrenia (10%) and post-traumatic stress disorder (9%). The non-attendance rates for these clients was 0% for the first and 13.3% for subsequent appointments. Psychiatric probation clinics seem to be analogous to general psychiatric clinics based in Primary Care.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence: Dr Phil Huckle, The South Wales Forensic Psychiatric Service, The Caswell Clinic, Glanrhyd Hospital, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF31 4LN
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Psychiatric clinics in probation offices in South Wales

  • Phil Huckle (a1), Tara Travier (a1) and Sylvia Scarf (a1)
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