Approved STSM´s 2014

We´d like to congratulate the following professionals with the approval of their STSM´s:

Ms. Emily Talbot (MSc Forensic Psychology – UK) will visit the Pompefoundation (NL) from 28/08/2014-11/09/2014.

Exploring similarities and differences of long stay patients in the UK & the Netherlands
Mission summary: The overall objective of this STSM is to understand, explore and compare patient characteristics of long stay patients in the Netherlands with those obtained during a UK project. Comparisons will consider similarities and differences between UK and Dutch information; this will include basic demographic information, length of stay, offending and psychiatric history, amongst other information.

In the Netherlands there is a national database of all forensic patients within the TBS system. This allows clinicians to access certain information to monitor their own caseload and performance and also serves to inform national strategy for the development of forensic services. No such resource is available in the UK. The Netherlands have also begun to pilot a specific data tool for long stay patients. In this process collaboration with the forensic research group in Nottingham, UK, has already taken place.

During this STSM I will compare data fields in the Dutch data collection tool with information collected in the UK long-stay study, with a view of assessing how information can be compared. The actual comparison will be conducted once all the data has been collected nationally. This will enable us to identify similarities and differences between the characteristics of long stay patients in the UK and the Netherlands. This STSM will therefore link to the COST working group 1: Determination of patient characteristics. This work will serve to enhance our understanding of long stay patients within Europe and completion of this work would provide the basis for a scientific paper.


Dr. Ronan Mullany (MB BAO MCh.; Degree in Medicine – IE) will visit the Pompefoundation (NL) from 01/09/2014-12/09/2014.

Assessing patient characteristics and best practice in LFPC
Mission summary
: To visit Forensic Mental Healthcare settings in the Netherlands so as to investigate which routine assessment instruments used to rate the required levels of physical, procedural and therapeutic security for long term forensic psychiatric patients might be suited for standardised use within other settings and jurisdictions to ensure that patients with similar needs are described when forming advice that can be used for service optimization in multiple sites across Europe.


Dr. Mary Davoren (MB BCh BAO; Degree in Medicine – IE) will visit the Pompefoundation (NL) from 01/09/2014-12/09/2014.

Factors Affecting Length of Stay in a Forensic Population in the Netherlands
Mission summary: To examine factors affecting length of stay in a forensic population in the Netherlands using the DUNDRUM-1 Triage Security, the DUNDRUM-3 programme completion and the DUNDRUM-4 recovery scales.

To examine the properties of other forensic needs assessment instruments such as the HoNOS-SECURE and SNAP.

To examine similarities and differences between factors affecting length of stay in forensic populations between the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland.


Dr. Vivek Furtado (CCT – Forensic Psychiatry, General Medical Council – UK) will visit Vitos Klinik für Forensische Psychiatrie Haina (DE) from 12/09/2014-22/09/2014.

Best Practice – Long-Term Forensic Care in Germany
Mission summary
: Germany is one of a few European countries that have specific strategies to deal with long stay patients in forensic psychiatric care. Data obtained from both parts of the STSM will contribute directly to the work of the COST Action:

For WG1: collect demographic and other patient characteristics for those in the long stay service.

For WG2: collect information about practice currently used in managing and treating those individuals who are long-stayers.