We also take referrals from other medium secure units and specialised commissioners (forensic case managers and SCG's) where the care is best provided away from the service user's ''home area'', e.g., victim issues or when there are capacity issues in their local medium secure unit.
Please note that we do not accept referrals directly from primary care - these referrals should be seen by a secondary care consultant psychiatrist first.
Reasons you might refer:
- Requests for admission (we are a medium secure psychiatric unit)
- Requests for risk assessment (where there is a risk of serious harm)
- Requests for advice on complex criminal cases (on mentally disordered offenders)
Your referral letter
If you want to make a written referral, you can do this by post or fax.
Your letter must contain:
The reason for the referral. Please state whether you are asking for admission or advice. In the case of referrals for advice, you must ask specific questions. You must not just request a “forensic assessment” or “risk assessment”
Patient identification details including their current whereabouts
Current offending behaviour (or a description of the aggressive or violent behaviour of concern)
Known patterns of offending, including criminal history
Psychiatric history. You must also provide discharge summaries and other relevant reports
Previous and current risk information. Although risk assessment is a reason for referral we can only undertake this if you document the relevant risk information
Current treatment and care plans
Copies of CPA documentation
The person to contact to arrange the assessment
For urgent referrals, we will accept a faxed referral letter alone. However, the letter must include an assurance that all the above documentation will be available when we assess the patient.