Novel Psychoactive Substances: bridging the knowledge gap

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Derek Tracy takes a first look at the Novel Psychoactive Substances in the UK Project; an NIHR-funded empirical and conceptual review that recommends research priorities in the field.

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What happens to people after discharge from secure psychiatric hospital?

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Laura Hemming considers a recent systematic review of patient outcomes following discharge from secure psychiatric hospitals. The review finds that patients from secure units have a higher chance of mortality and suicide following discharge, than people from other settings.

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Can audits of family contact for out of area placements inform improvements in practice?

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Russell Woolgar summarises a study of family contact during out of area placements for patients in a specialist forensic intellectual disability service.

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Reducing specialist inpatient beds for people with learning disabilities: some issues explored

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Transforming Care, the government’s response to WInterbourne view, set some clear targets for the development of community services and the reduction on specialist inpatient bed numbers.

Here Alix Dixon looks at a paper, which used some illustrative case examples to explore some of the policy and practice issues around these targets.

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Forensic learning disabilities in-patient services – were there differences in clinical, forensic and treatment outcomes if patients also had autism?

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There continues to be debate about the appropriate use of in-patient services for people with learning disabilities and we need to learn as much as possible about routes in, treatment options within and pathways out.

In her debut blog, Anne Marie Scott looks at a paper, which reports on outcomes in relation to people who were inpatients in a forensic unit, In particular the researchers asked if being on the autism spectrum impacted on these outcomes.

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Bradley report commission identifies solid progress, but still work to be done

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Five years ago, Lord Bradley published his report looking at the situation of people with mental health problems and people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system. The Bradley report made a number of recommendations and this summer sees the publication of a progress report on these recommendations. The Bradley commission, established as an [read the full story…]

Alcohol abuse may be one of ‘constellation of problems’ as risk markers for offending in people with learning disabilities

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The majority of the studies relating to alcohol use by people with learning disabilities have shown that this is lower than in the general population. Studies have tended to focus on issues of misuse however, although we did post about an article a couple of years back in 2012 where the author raised a question [read the full story…]