There are a number of reasons behind our plans to change our services.
The Adult forensic Pathway needs to be reconfigured so that we can reduce the length of stay of patients in hospital in order to support them in the community, where they can be treated in the least restrictive manner which will promote recovery and rehabilitation.
We currently have more people in medium secure settings due to a relative under provision of low secure beds. We will provide more low secure services for adults, and more services for female patients will require care in low secure settings with the aim of promoting the recovery and rehabilitation.
Due to the imbalance between low and medium secure beds, patients from our catchment area have to go out of area to access care, which makes maintaining contact with families and rehabilitation more difficult.
In our Adolescent Forensic Services, whilst we provide a medium secure service, we have no low secure service. Nationally there is inadequate provision of low secure services for young people, resulting in young people from the south of the country having to sometimes travel hundreds of miles away from their homes and families to receive treatment.The provision of a new low secure service will mean that young people who need care in secure settings will have a complete pathway available locally, and will be able to stay closer to their families.