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STSM: Allan Seppänen visits medium and low security forensic units in the UK
14 December, 2015 - 18 December, 2015
In both Finland and the UK, forensic psychiatric care is aimed at improving mental health and reducing the risk of recidivism of mentally disordered offenders, within the least restrictive setting possible and with a view to community reintegration. However, the way the services are defined and governed in these two countries differ significantly: in the UK the Department of Health has issued detailed criteria for different levels of secure care, whereas in Finland security is much more loosely defined and has essentially developed over time along with clinical practices. Also, unlike Finland, the UK has had forensic secure units operating in densely populated urban areas for decades.
The focus of this STSM was to form an understanding about how a secure service can be therapeutically and efficiently run in an urban environment. The information was gathered via informal meetings and conversations with professionals and patients, and through various documents depicting different aspects of the services. The information will be taken into account during the overall planning of the forensic services of Helsinki University Hospital.