2016 Record Prisoner Suicides

A record 119 people killed themselves in prisons in England and Wales in 2016 – an increase of 29 (32%) on the previous year, according to Ministry of Justice figures.

2014 The forensic psychiatric specialty published

2014 An essay “The forensic psychiatric specialty: from the birth to the subliming” by Paul Mullen & Danny Sullivan summarizing the history and problems of academic forensic psychiatry, was published.

2013 NHS Responsibility

NHS England became responsible for commissioning of all health services (with the exception of emergency care, ambulance services and out-of-hours services) for people in prisons (including youth offender institutions) in England. At the 2013 spending round, the Ministry committed to… Continue reading

2011 Ghent Group Seminars

The Ghent Group launched an annual training seminar for young consultants and senior trainees in forensic psychiatry (currently held in Germany).

2010 DSPD Unit Closed

The Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD) Unit at Broadmoor Hospital was closed because of high costs and low efficiency. It housed 48 men and cost £36 million to build, and approximately £300,000 per patient per year. The Home Office… Continue reading