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The Bentham Unit: A pilot remand and assessment service for male mentally disordered remand prisoners: II: Report of an independent evaluation

  • Tim Weaver (a1), Fiona Taylor (a1), Barbara Cunningham (a1), Anthony Maden (a2), Sian Rees (a3) and Adrian Renton (a4)...

Abstract

Background

Findings are presented from an evaluation of a pilot remand and assessment service - the Bentham Unit, The aims of the Bentham Unit are to provide rapid assessment, identify mentally disordered remand prisoners, and speed their transfer from prison to NHS care, where a need is indicated.

Method

The number, rate and speed of referral, assessment and transfer to NHS care of offenders remanded to Wormwood Scrubs prison during periods before and after the Bentham Unit opened were compared.

Results

The service attracted a large volume of referrals. Between the two periods, significant increases in the numbers of referrals and hospital disposals, and major reductions in the interval between reception on remand into the prison, NHS assessment and transfer to NHS care, were observed.

Conclusions

The aims of the unit were met. Implications for service configurations are discussed.

Copyright

Corresponding author

Tim Weaver, Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, 200 Seagrave Road, London SW6 IRQ

References

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Department of Health & Home Office (1992) Review of Health and Social Services for Mentally Disordered Offenders and Others Requiring Similar Services. Final Summary Report. London: HMSO.
Murray, K., Akinkunmi, A., Lock, M., et al (1996) The Bentham Unit; a pilot remand and assessment service for male mentally disordered remand prisoners. I: Clinical activity in the first year, and related ethical, practical and funding issues. British Journal of Psychiatry 170, 456461.
Robertson, G., Dell, S., James, K., et al (1994) Psychotic men remanded in custody to Brixton Prison. British journal of Psychiatry, 144, 5561.

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The Bentham Unit: A pilot remand and assessment service for male mentally disordered remand prisoners: II: Report of an independent evaluation

  • Tim Weaver (a1), Fiona Taylor (a1), Barbara Cunningham (a1), Anthony Maden (a2), Sian Rees (a3) and Adrian Renton (a4)...
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