Community Forensic Mental Health Team

The Community Forensic Mental Service is a multidisciplinary team that exists to meet the mental health, psychological, behavioural and social care needs of patients in conjunction with other health and social care agencies, in a way which is mutually compatible with a public protection role.

The primary function of the Team is to facilitate the safe and appropriate discharge of patients from medium secure units and low secure units who are likely to be subject to restriction orders and/or need intensive monitoring and supervision. Thereafter, where resources permit, the Team provides a service to those who meet the referral criteria, in a four level model as follows:

Level 1 - A specialist consultation, education and training role which may include, for example, a member of the Team attending case reviews, to offer advice and support to generic teams and a service co-ordination role or liaison between health and criminal justice.

Level 2 - An in-depth assessment (which may include a standardised risk assessment and management plan) prepared by the Service with the referring team retaining responsibility.

Level 3 - An agreed period of shared responsibility for any or all of a variety of reasons including to assess risk; to evaluate the interplay/operation of known risk factors; to offer a specialist piece of therapeutic work; and to assess the efficacy of risk reducing strategies.

Level 4 - The Team taking full responsibility for the duration of need with referral back to the appropriate services when deemed appropriate.

The Community Forensic Mental Health Team has established links with Courts, Prisons, Police Service and Probation Service.

The service is accessed via Mental Health Services/Medium Secure Settings and Criminal Justice Agencies.

Staff may consult with the Community Forensic Mental Health Team if they have any patients that are involved with the Criminal Justice Agencies.

Contact details
Community Forensic Mental Health Team, 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday:
The Villa
Holywell Hospital
60 Steeple Road
Antrim
BT41 2RJ
Tel: 028 9441 3360

Page last updated:21 October 2014