Identifying and transferring offenders with mental health needs
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Identifying and transferring offenders with mental health needs

James Mullins Integrated clinical lead, Forensic Mental Health Services, HMP Bedford and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Bedford
Helen Paler Mental health nurse, HMP Bedford and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Bedford

This article provides an overview of the challenges encountered by mental health staff involved in the transfer of offenders with mental health problems between prisons and secure hospital settings. The article presents a case study demonstrating the importance of identifying offenders with mental health needs to provide appropriate care and support, prevent further mental deterioration and reduce the risk of offenders harming themselves or others.

Nursing Standard. 27, 11,42-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.11.27.11.42.c9412

Published in print: 14 November 2012

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review