Harry Kennedy, BSc, MB, MD, FRCPI, FRCPsych Professor Kennedy is a consultant forensic psychiatrist and executive clinical director at the National Forensic Mental Health Service, Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland, and clinical professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. He established early prison in-reach and court diversion services in Pentonville and Holloway prisons London (1992-2000), Cloverhill and Mountjoy prisons Dublin (2000 onwards) and St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders, Dublin (2010). In 2014 a high intensity continuity and monitoring team commenced work across all Irish prisons.He has been involved in the reform and re-organisation of the Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum 2000 to present. A network of community high support step down places has been established along with in-reach and court diversion services to remand prisons and to St Patrick’s Institution until its closure. Currently he is establishing an in-reach team at the new Youth Justice facility in Oberstown, Co Dublin. This process of reform will include the opening of a new purpose built forensic hospital for Ireland in 2019.
Harry also teaches forensic psychiatry and publishes research on the epidemiology of homicide and suicide, therapeutically safe and secure pathways, neuroscience and violence, mental health law and human rights. Harry has been involved in the design, commissioning and transition to new forensic hospitals, twice in the last 20 years.
Christopher Shaw RIBA. Senior Director, Medical Architecture Founding director of architects and health planning consultancy Medical Architecture, London, UK, Christopher has a good understanding of design for healthcare. An articulate speaker and advocate of design quality, he is the chairman of UK group Architects for Health which promotes the good design for healthcare settings. His experience ranges from refurbishment of the smallest clinic to master planning large academic medical hospitals. He draws on experiential and well as evidence based design to develop beautiful healthcare buildings that are efficient, economic to build and adaptable to changing needs.
An experienced leader with over 25 years’ record of accomplishment, his work is underpinned by an ethos of research and innovation. He enjoys collaborative multi-disciplinary engagement with both clinical strategists and other stakeholders.
He has a particular expertise in planning settings for complex psychiatric care, cancer treatment and emergency medicine. From master-planning the large academic medical centres to small refurbishment projects, Christopher brings an approach to design that values improved clinical outcomes and enhances the human experience of treatment and care.
Christopher has been closely involved in the design of around 70 hospitals worldwide, recent projects include: Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford, Canada. National Forensic Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. The Heart Hospital, London, UK. Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK.
Allan Seppänen MD, PhD Dr. Seppänen works as clinical director at Helsinki University Hospital (HUH), Finland, Division of Psychoses and Forensic Psychiatry. His work involves assessing offenders for courts and supervising the treatment of both mentally ill offenders (forensic patients) and civil patients that have been referred to the forensic unit due to challenging behaviour, usually involving self-harm or violence. The patients treated in his unit at HUH are often triple- diagnosed with psychosis, personality disorder and substance abuse, and pose an immediate risk to the well-being of both themselves and others.
Dr. Seppänen holds a PhD in molecular neuroscience. His publications range from brain histology to mental health legislation. He has worked as a forensic psychiatric expert in Egypt and Kosovo and given workshop presentations in Finland, UK, Albania and Russia. He is Finland’s MC representative for COST Action IS1302: Towards an EU Research Framework on Forensic Psychiatric Care.
Also giving presentations will be:
Jari Pirjola, who is a Doctor of International Law and currently works as a Senior Legal Adviser in the Office of the Parliamentary Ombudsman of Finland. Dr Pirjola is a member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) in respect of Finland. As a CPT member he regularly visits closed institutions in Council of Europe Member States to strengthen the human rights protection of persons deprived of their liberty.
Päivi Soininen, who received her PhD in Health Sciences from Turku University with her thesis Coercion, Perceived Care and Quality of Life among Patients in Psychiatric Hospitals. Dr Soininen has worked for nine years as Director of Nursing in Kellokoski Hospital in Forensic and Psychoses Department. She is an active researcher within Helsinki University Hospital and has formed international co-operation with Cognitive Adaptation Training and the Safewards– model, among others.
Raija Kontio, PhD in Health Sciences, works as project director of psychiatry at Helsinki University Hospital and as clinical teacher at Turku University. Her research areas are coercion in psychiatry, alternative methods to coercion and development of mental health services. She has participated in many international research and development projects, such as Safewards, European Commission projects ePsychNurse.Net (nurses’ vocational training in the management of aggressive inpatients) and REFINEMENT/CEPHOS LINK (Research on FINancial systems’ Effects on the quality on MENtal health care).