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Broadmoor Hospital hosts seminar about future of high secure services

07 Feb 2014

Mental health experts from across the UK are being given the opportunity to hear about the future of high secure mental health services over the next 50 years from a number of clinical experts.

The Back from the Future seminar, organised by clinicians at Broadmoor Hospital, takes place this Friday (7 February) at the high secure site in Berkshire.  Presentations from a number of nationally known experts in a range of clinical and legal areas will explore the challenges that clinicians and services themselves are likely to face by the time Broadmoor reaches its 200th anniversary in 2063.

Malcolm Rae OBE, the former nursing officer for mental health and forensic psychiatry, at the Department of Health; Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at the Institute of Psychiatry, and Mike Harris, executive director of forensic service at Nottinghamshire Healthcare are just three clinical experts who are due to address delegates.

Dr Kevin Murray, clinical director at the hospital, said: “I am delighted that we have a programme of high standing speakers who are widely respected across the country in the area of high secure and forensic mental health.  We know that nationally we are all facing significant challenges with more complex cases coming to light and reduced available funding.  It will be extremely interesting to hear their views on how services might change over the next 50 years and how we would be able to continue to best serve our patients in this context.”

Broadmoor Hospital is one of three high secure hospitals run by the NHS in England and it’s managed by the West London Mental Health NHS Trust.  Clinicians provide assessment, treatment and care in conditions of high security for patients with mental illness and personality disorders, who represent a high degree of risk to themselves or to others.

Social interaction is key to make sure patients remain engaged in their treatment and to prevent them from becoming withdrawn. Our services include many activities that are designed to support each patient’s recovery path – these may be educational, vocational, arts, sports or social activities.

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