Call for Short Term Scientific Missions 2016

4 STSM’s will be granted this period, the aims are related to the topics of the Working Groups:

1. To review the availability of longer stay units and their therapeutic regime in various participating countries. STSM Call 1 2016
2. To review the legal and health system bottlenecks in various participating countries that prevent individuals moving along their care pathway to less restrictive settings. STSM Call 2 2016
3. To collect demographic and clinical data (e.g. diagnosis, age, index offense), and to assess other more objective QoL variables that are related with the subjective experience of QoL such as daily activities, enclosure and/or leave. STSM Call 3 2016
4. To compare the needs as mentioned by patients with the needs assessed in standardized needs instruments such as the CANFOR. STSM Call 4 2016
  • Who? STSM applicants must be engaged in a research programme as a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow, or be employed by or affiliated to an institution or legal entity.
  • How? By obtaining a written agreement from the host institution, registering on e-cost and completing the online application form.
  • When? The submission deadline is 31/07/2016. The STSM must take place before the end of this Grant Period (March 2017).

For more detailed information on STSMs click here. For any other questions, you can contact the STSM coordinator Denise van Eeden (dvaneeden@efp.nl).

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STSM – Training of professionals in forensic systems under renovation

Written by Luca Castelletti (Medical Director, REMS Carlo Poma Mantova, Italy)

The whole Italian forensic sector is undergoing a radical process of renovation, as since 1st of april 2015 the 6 national forensic hospital have been closed down and are going to be replaced by small regional 20 bedded-units named REMS standing for Residencies for the Application of  Security Measures. As the process is delegated to the 20 regional health systems, the institution of the residencies is at different speed of building up. In our contest, in the Lombardy region, with a catchment area of around 10 milion people including Milan area, the project is to refurbish and renovate the “old” Ospedale Psichiatrico Giudiziario (OPGs) into a system of 6 REMS for a total of 120 beds. In the regional and central political plans it’s going to be the main forensic centre serving the Country. At the moment we host around 180 patients, of whom 45 are women, as we supply the momentary lack of ready residencies of some other regions.

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A STSM comparing patients and services in long term forensic psychiatry in Germany (Vitos-Haina) & Ireland (Dundrum, Dublin).

Written by Padraic O’ Flynn (Senior Occupational Therapist, Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Ireland).  

This short term scientific mission explored two forensic psychiatric services in Ireland (Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, NFMHS) and Germany (Vitos Haina) which cater for long term forensic psychiatric patients. The completed report detailed the overall model and design of the two services, the patient characteristics (diagnosis, average length of stay, index offence, “step”, nationality, IQ)  on long stay wards,  procedures in both services for identifying patient need for psychosocial treatment, comparisons of what psychosocial interventions are offered on long stay units/ with long stay patients, and finally comparisons on quality of life from self reported measures on long stay wards in Ireland and Germany. The report also detailed recommendations for future research in this area. Below the points from the main report are summarised with graphs and diagrams included. Further exploration of comparisons of descriptive characteristics, service models etc. are available in the full report.

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STSM: Caty Connell visits Vanha Vaasa Hospital in Finland

Her aim is to enhance current understanding of the care and treatment needs of long-term forensic patients by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of legal and mental health systems across Europe. Therefore she will:

1) analyse the strengths and weaknesses of legal and mental health systems in Finland as part of the wider COST action.
2)  Synthesize the available analyses of strengths and weaknesses of legal and mental health systems in different European Countries.
3) Explore the factors influencing progression in care and treatment for long-term forensic psychiatric patients in Finland, with particular attention to those who meet diagnostic criteria for personality disorder.

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Call for STSM’s 2015

SHORT TERM SCIENTIFIC MISSIONS 2015

6 STSM’s will be granted in 2015, 3 of them will be related to the topics of the Working Groups and 3 of them will be open.

  • Who? STSM applicants must be engaged in a research programme as a postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow, or be employed by or affiliated to an institution or legal entity.
  • How? By obtaining a written agreement from the host institution, registering on e-cost and completing the online application form.
  • When? The submission deadline is 15/02/2015. The STSM must take place before the end of this Grant Period (November 2015).

For more detailed information on how to apply please click here. For any other questions, you can contact the STSM coordinator Denise van Eeden (dvaneeden@efp.nl).

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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.

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