Past Working Groups

A copy of all our reports can be found on the publications section of the website.

Past working groups 2015-2016

Victim’s Rights Short Life Working Group

A short life working group was established in July, in response to a Scottish Government request and the group held their final meeting in March 2016.  The group has developed guidance to support the forthcoming changes to victims’ rights in the Mental Health Act 2015. A draft report was submitted to the Forensic Board in September 2015 and a final copy of the report, entitled ‘The Forensic Network Victim’s Rights Group’, is expected to be submitted to the Scottish Government in May 2016 (Forensic Network Managed Care Network, 2016).

Drug Testing Protocol Short Life Working Group

A drug testing protocol has been developed by this short working group, including guidance for new psychoactive substances and lab questionnaires. The final report, ‘Drug Testing for Restricted Patients’, was published in March 2015 (Forensic Network Managed Care Network, 2015) and the initiative was implemented in October 2015.

High Secure Women Protocol of Referral

Following on from work completed in a previous working group, the protocol for referring female patients that require high secure care in Rampton Hospital has been revised; however there have however been some recent issues with waiting lists. This working group is in the process of exploring and considering three options to resolve these issues. This work is ongoing and links in with the ongoing National Forensic Mental Health Services Estate Review, information on which can be found below.

Behavioural Status Index (BEST-Index) Implementation Group

The BEST Index is a nursing assessment tool that is gradually being implemented throughout forensic services. We have established a national group to overview the progress of this tool and the wider plan is to introduce a consistent nursing assessment tool across forensic services.

Persisting Challenging Behaviour Partnership Pilot

Following work by the Cross Cutting Issues Forum and the proposals in the report ‘Shared Responsibility; Joint Operations’ (Cross Cutting Issues Forum, 2012). The Forensic Network has been working with colleagues in Ayrshire to establish a pilot (ShaRP).  A local working group and stakeholder group have been established and continue to progress this initiative.

Disclosure Guidance Report

Jean McQueen, Consultant AHP, prepared a report entitled, ‘Guidance for Allied Health Professional supporting individuals with Criminal Convictions and Mental Health Conditions into Work, Volunteering or Education’ (McQueen, 2014). Following a review of the original report and a consultation process, an update to this report is in the process of being finalized.

Older Working Groups

  • Conflict Resolution Working Group
  • Critical Incident Review Working Group
  • Definitions of Security Levels (Inpatient)
  • Electronic Patient Records
  • Female Offender Health
  • Forensic Carers Strategy
  • Forensic Nursing Workforce Project Group
  • Information Sharing Across Services
  • Leading Change in Forensic Services
  • Low Secure Care Services in Scotland
  • Management of Personality Disorder and Services for People with PD
  • National Prisoner Healthcare Network
  • Protocol for Unscheduled Admissions
  • Review of Care Programme Approach Guidance for Restricted Patients in Scotland
  • Review of Services for Women
  • Risk Management Planning in Care Programme Approach and Memorandum of Procedure
  • Risk Strategy
  • Secure Mental Health Services for Children & Adolescents in Scotland
  • Services for Learning Disabled Working Group
  • Services for the Community Working Group
  • Sharing Learning from Incidents Protocol