Delivering cognitive behaviour therapy in a secure setting
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Delivering cognitive behaviour therapy in a secure setting

Richard Carter Senior cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust Specialist Psychotherapy Services

Richard Carter describes the development of a link nurse role aimed at increasing patient access to interventions, and outlines its core functions

This article describes a service development aimed at increasing access to cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for a detained inpatient population in an established medium secure forensic hospital. The 76-bed unit is part of the forensic division of an NHS trust. The hospital provides assessment and treatment for mentally disordered male offenders, the majority of whom have a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The initial development and core functions of the CBT link nurse role are described in detail, and the outcomes and limitations of the role are discussed, along with suggestions for continued research.

Mental Health Practice. 19, 3, 23-26. doi: 10.7748/mhp.19.3.23.s17


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Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 11 November 2014

Accepted: 31 March 2015