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Facilities for carers of in-patients in forensic psychiatric services in England and Wales

  • Irene Cormac (a1), Drew Lindon (a2), Hannah Jones (a3), Trevor Gedeon (a4) and Michael Ferriter (a3)...
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Aims and method

A postal survey of forensic psychiatric facilities in England and Wales was undertaken to obtain information about the services provided for carers of in-patients within these services.

Results

Forensic psychiatric services vary in the support and facilities provided for carers. Many do not comply with current legislation for carers. Most units informed carers of their rights to have an assessment, but only a minority provided facilities for carers from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Clinical implications

Forensic psychiatric services should meet standards for the involvement and support of carers in mental health settings, and comply with legislation for carers.

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Irene Cormac (irene.cormac@nottshc.nhs.uk)
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Declaration of interest

I.C. was a member of the Partners in Care campaign of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. D.L. is employed by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

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1 Department of Health. Carers at the Heart of 21st-Century Families and Communities: A Caring System on Your Side, A Life of Your Own. Department of Health, 2008.
2 Royal College of Psychiatrists. Forensic Psychiatric Services (leaflet). Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2005 (http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/PDF/ForensicPsychiatric.pdf).
3 Rampton Hospital Authority. The Forensic Directory: National Health and Private Forensic Psychiatric Facilities in the United Kingdom. Social Work Department, Rampton Hospital, 1999.
4 Department of Health. National Service Framework for Mental Health: Modern Standards and Service Models. Department of Health, 1999.
5 Department of Health. Refocusing the Care Programme Approach: Policy and Positive Practice Guidance. Department of Health, 2008.
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Facilities for carers of in-patients in forensic psychiatric services in England and Wales

  • Irene Cormac (a1), Drew Lindon (a2), Hannah Jones (a3), Trevor Gedeon (a4) and Michael Ferriter (a3)...
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