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NOTA Scotland 2018 Conference

SAVE THE DATE & CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 23rd & 24th April 2018 Stirling Court Hotel The NOTA Scotland Committee is pleased to invite you to participate in this Annual Conference.  We are looking to encourage a 1.5hr workshop or seminar.  If you would like to submit an abstract outlining your proposal please contact Louise Byrne ( for a submission form. IMPORTANT DATES CLOSING DATE – 29th December 2017 COMMITTEE REVIEW

Vacancy - Research Lead

The RMA is seeking to recruit an experienced researcher as Research Lead. The post holder will lead the RMA’s research function; designing, undertaking and supervising innovative research projects to advance effective practice in the field of risk assessment and risk management. The Research Lead will negotiate stakeholder engagement within the research programme and specific projects, and also promote research skills within the staff group. For further information please CLICK HERE

Forensic Network & SoFMH Autumn Newsletter

Please click here to view a copy of the Autumn Newsletter.  This edition features:- Update from Dr de Villiers new Clinical Lead for Intellectual Disabilities Forensic Network Annual Lead Nurse Conference Update on the New to Forensic Teaching Programme Annual Research Conference Approved Medical Practitioner (AMP) Graduate Certificate in Personality Disorder Forensic Mental Health Module MSc Forensic Mental Health Training Needs Analysis Update News Articles & Research Training Events, Conferences

Announcement of new chair

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Forensic Network Chair, Dr Lindsay Burley CBE. Lindsay Burley chairs NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and is an accredited business coach and mediator. Previously Chief Executive of Borders Health Board, she enjoyed a varied thirty year NHS career as a consultant physician and an executive director. Over the last fifteen years she has chaired the National Waiting Times Centre Board

Forensic Network & SoFMH Annual Report 2016-2017

We are delighted to announce the release of our second public annual report. The report outlines some key achievements, activities and operations over the last financial year and sets out our future aims for the Network and School. We welcome this as an opportunity for continued engagement and collaboration and would welcome any comments or feedback on the report. If you have any comments or questions in relation to anything

Dr Jana de Villiers - appointed new Clinical Lead for Intellectual Disabilities

  We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Jana de Villiers, Consultant Psychiatrist, to the position of Clinical Lead for Intellectual Disabilities (formerly Learning Disabilities). Jana completed her medical training at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She trained in psychiatry in Exeter, Bristol and the South East of Scotland. She was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist for the Fife Forensic Learning Disability Service in 2011, with responsibility for

Graduate Certificate in Personality Disorder, University of the West of Scotland, September 2017

Expressions of interest are being welcomed for the Graduate Certificate in Personality Disorder which will commence in September 2017 at the University of the West of Scotland (Hamilton Campus). The content of this new programme reflects the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding needed to work effectively with the person with personality disorder and / or relational difficulties. There is an emphasis on skills based work for this difficult

Update on Commencement of the Victim Notification Scheme (VNS)

This post is to update you on progress towards implementation of the Victim Notification Scheme (VNS), provided for under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 (Part 3). As you are aware, VNS allows qualifying victims of some mentally disordered offenders to register to receive certain information, and to make representations in certain circumstances. Click here for more information on the 2015 Act Part 3 provisions Restricted Patient Team are currently