Forensic Specialist Interest group - March 2020

Forensic Specialist Interest group - March 2020

The Forensic SIG was initially hosted by the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) in 2016 and was planned to be a two year project, however, due to it's success our members requested for it to continue. In order to reach out to our wider community we are co-hosting with services throughout the UK.

The Forensic SIG offers opportunity for networking and sharing good practice in the form of presentations, discussion groups and workshops. The topics are decided by the attendees and have included, implementing the model into practice, the levels of creative ability and risk behaviours, focus on research and sharing documentation.

The next Forensic SIG is on Monday 9th March 2020 at the Prince of Wales International Centre, Warneford Hospital, Oxford. 

To benefit our members and welcome newcomers we would like to offer the day FREE for everyone. 

Bookings for this event are now closed. Please check our website regularly for future Forensic SIG meetings or contact 


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  • Feb 09, 2020 by Tori

    Opportunities for networking

    In terms of ideas for the new website, does anyone have any ideas around creating opportunities for networking - particularly around interacting with clinicians working within a similar field of practice. We have opportunities for those within forensic services through the Special Interest Group (SIG) - however, I am just mindful of clinicians working other areas, or perhaps those working in isolation. 

    How could we create opportunities to interact remotely? 

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

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  • Mar 25, 2020 by Tori


     Hi Lou, 
    Thank you for creating this discussion. Within the high/medium/low secure hospitals I work in, we have at present ceased all off ward activity and stopped all Section 17 Leave – which I imagine will cause frustration for those who have progressed to lengthy periods of either escorted/unescorted period of leave from the service. We have developed programmes that can be delivered at ward level, whilst still maintaining the principles of social distancing. I think the focus across all services at the moment is supporting the ward staff and maintaining some consistency for the service users.  We have circulated "easy read" documents for service users around information on COVID-19, detailing information on how to keep themselves safe and well, hygiene procedures and information to reduced anxiety. The staff have also distributed resources to promote ideas around self directed activities and visual materials around keeping occupied and engaged in meaningful activity whilst self isolating. In the MSU, the Therapy Staff have developed resources to be used on the wards to support service users in keeping busy and have completed a revised interest checklist document. 

     We have also circulated easy read letters to the patients to notify them of any treatment groups that have had to be postponed to help manage their expectations and reduce anxiety. 

     At the moment, everything seems to be changing frequently and there is a lot of uncertainty. However, it has been positive to see how supportive, creative, flexible and committed staff have been during this time. 

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