on Forensic Psychiatry
CRG FIDD member Dr Jane McCarthy's keynote at the Bergen International Conference
on Forensic Psychiatry
CRG FIDD convenor Dr Regi Alexander's keynote lecture at the Bergen International Conference
on Forensic Psychiatry, October 2018
Forensic psychiatric services provide care for those with mental disorders and offending behaviour. Concerns have been expressed that patients may stay for too long in too high levels of security. The economic burden of these services is high, and they are highly restrictive for patients.
We were recently invited by Birgit Vollm from the University of Nottingham to work on her "long stay" study, which examined the characteristics and needs of this under-researched group. We specifically investigated the needs of those with ID within the forensic psychiatric system, and compared them to those without. To read the paper for free, please visit: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/bjpsych-open/article/longstay-patients-with-and-without-intellectual-disability-in-forensic-psychiatric-settings-comparison-of-characteristics-and-needs/E8FA6D7C81D3EDF2461619F45AFECD19
We are so pleased to hear that our paper 'A systematic review and synthesis of outcome domains for use within forensic services for people with intellectual disabilities' was a top downloaded paper of the BJPsych journal portfolio in 2017!
Clearly, you are all as interested in measuring the outcomes of patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities as we are!
We are honoured to be invited to the annual Authors’ and Editors’ reception hosted by the RCPsych Publishing Unit, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ 2018 International Congress next month.
You can still download the paper for free, from https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/bjpsych-open/article/systematic-review-and-synthesis-of-outcome-domains-for-use-within-forensic-services-for-people-with-intellectual-disabilities/14128032283314BB0D26A58783EFDA19
Here at CRG:FIDD we are pleased to support a new research project entitled: Harmful sexual behaviours in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, led by Louise Empson at the University of Kent.
Research has shown that those with learning disabilities are over-represented in the numbers of young people that commit sex offences. Harmful sexual behaviour is a widely under-researched area and your professional input would be hugely beneficial to the field. The NICE Guidelines, NSPCC, Barnardo's and the Youth Justice Board have all recognised a vital need for practice guidance in this area.
Louise is looking for practitioners to complete a questionnaire regarding assessments and interventions available across the UK, which aims to gain a better picture of what resources are available to these vulnerable individuals and to inform future evidence-based practice. To complete this questionnaire, please copy and paste the link below into your browser:
Please do not hesitate to contact Louise for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
"Reason, Passion and Real Life"- Addressing the National Autistic Society's Conference in Birmingham
CRG FIDD convenor Dr Regi Alexander gave an invited lecture on in-patient and community services for people with learning disability and/or autism who get into difficulties with the criminal justice system. The lecture titled "Reason, Passion and Real Life" was delivered on 11 April 2018 to a large audience made up of professionals, family members and service users who were attending the two day conference in Birmingham organised by the National Autistic Society. It drew on the forthcoming reports on the topic, authored by professionals from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Tizard Centre, University of East Anglia, Health Education England, etc.
CRG FIDD Convenor Dr Regi Alexander spoke about Adult Autism- Assessment and Problems at a CPD event organised by the British Medical Association at BMA House, London on 20 February 2018. Around 800 BMA members from a variety of medical specialities had registered for the webcast of the event. Other speakers included Professor Sam Lingam, Consultant Paediatrician and Dr Kieran O'Malley, Consultant Child Psychiatrist & President of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Intellectual Disability Forum who spoke about Investigation of Developmental Delay and Clinical and Legal Issues in Neurodevelopment Disorders respectively.
CRG-FIDD's Verity Chester to guest edit Advances in Autism's special issue on Women, Girls and Autism Spectrum Disorder
FOR MORE DETAILS, PLEASE VISIT http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7706
"No equity of access, no equity of outcome"- Addressing the Faculty for Forensic & Legal Medicine (FFLM), Royal College of Physicians Training Conference
CRG FIDD Convenor Dr Regi Alexander spoke at a training conference of the Faulty for Forensic and Legal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians that was held at Birmingham on 11 November 2017. Addressing the issue of assessing and treating people with learning disabilities and mental health or behavioural problems within the criminal justice system, he highlighted the difficulties faced by this group in accessing and benefitting from treatment programmes within prisons.
CRG-FIDD convenor, Dr Regi Alexander was invited for three lectures at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH), University of Toronto, Canada on 26 & 27 October 2017. The topics included "Typologies of autistic spectrum disorders in people with offending behaviour" , "Personality disorders in people with developmental disorders" and "Measuring Treatment outcomes from forensic units for people with developmental disorders". About 150 people from a range of academic, clinical and administrative backgrounds attended the meetings. Dr Alexander also discussed future research and clinical collaborations with Professor Yona Lunski, Dr Tarik Rajji and Dr Pushpal Desarkar at CAMH.