Note: Unfortunately the scheme in Nottingham will not be able to offer any exchange placements in August to December 2019. Placements will be available between Feb and July 2020 so will open to applicants in the October 2019 application period.
The scheme offers visiting trainee doctors exciting opportunities to experience Forensic Mental Health Care in a wide variety of settings. Clinical placements are available in low, medium and high secure hospitals. In addition, the trainee can spend time with the Community Forensic Mental Health Team in Nottingham to gain an insight into the different challenges of forensic psychiatric practice outside the hospital setting.
There is the opportunity to gain experience in the assessment and management of patients with severe and enduring mental disorders. Trainees will be integrated into the multi-disciplinary team and develop an appreciation of the wide range of psycho-social interventions available to support patients with difficulties such as violent behaviour, sexual offending and illicit substance misuse (among other things).
Risk assessment and risk management are key components of our practice and trainees will gain understanding of the clinical and structured approaches that we take to this.
The scheme offers a range of specialised inpatient forensic services including male mental illness, personality disorder and specialised women’s services. In addition, there are forensic intellectual disability inpatient units at the low and high secure level.
We have excellent links with the local prisons and trainees are encouraged to spend some part of their visit with the Offender Health Service that provides mental health care for prisoners.
In addition to our NHS work, we are often asked to act as expert witnesses in court cases. Trainees may have the opportunity to accompany clinicians to Magistrates or Crown Court to gain an appreciation of the role of the forensic psychiatrist in the court setting.
We recommend that trainees use Arnold Lodge, Medium Secure Unit in Leicester, as their clinical base and travel to other sites / opportunities from here.
In regard to a timetable for visit we are very flexible and can accommodate trainees’ who have a very specific area of interest within forensic mental healthcare (e.g. women’s services) or those who would prefer a more varied experience.
We have been facilitating visits for trainee doctors and medical students from around the globe for some years now and we feel that we have developed a strong understanding of how to make visits interesting, educational and enjoyable.
1 – 4 weeks
Between 11th March and 19th April 2019.