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The psychiatric probation clinic

  • Paul Collins (a1), Hadrian Ball (a2) and Ann Costello (a3)
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Liaison with the various agencies which deal with mentally abnormal offenders is one of the prime roles of the forensic psychiatrist (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1988). The probation service is a key agency in this regard. The importance of such collaboration has once again been highlighted with the clear message that the care of the mentally abnormal offender is improved as a result (DOH/Home Office, 1991). However, the provision of a satisfactory psychiatric consultation service to probation clients who have been remanded on bail can be problematic. Much of the work of forensic psychiatrists is institutionally based. Non-attendance rates at hospital based out-patient clinics are high (Bowden, 1978). However, general psychiatrists have found that psychiatric clinics based in general practitioners' surgeries are more acceptable to patients than hospital clinics (Tyrer, 1984). The probation office as a community base for forensic psychiatrists is a valid equivalent.

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Bowden, P. (1978) A psychiatric clinic in a probation office. British Journal of Psychiatry, 133, 448451.
DOH and Home Office (1991) Review of Health and Social Services for Mentally Disordered Offenders and Others Requiring Similar Services: Report of the Community Advisory Group.
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Tyrer, P. (1984) Psychiatric clinics in general practice: an extension of community care. British Journal of Psychiatry, 145, 914.
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The psychiatric probation clinic

  • Paul Collins (a1), Hadrian Ball (a2) and Ann Costello (a3)
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