Forensic Outreach Service

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    Forensic Outreach Service (FOS)

    The Forensic Outreach Service are based at Guild Lodge, a secure mental health service in Lancashire. The team provides risk assessment, formulation, and management advice to local inpatient and community teams, for service users with enduring mental health conditions who present a risk to others. The team aims to support service users to remain within the least restrictive environment.

    The FOS can support inpatient teams with service users whose presentation in the acute setting is putting them at risk of being admitted to secure services. This input may include risk management advice on the ward and working towards safe discharge planning into the community. We also work with community teams to support service-users who present with escalating risks.

    Our multi-disciplinary team includes nurses, a social worker, an occupational therapist, clinical psychologists, and a psychiatrist. We have a close associations with MAPPA, MARAC, Lancashire and Cumbria Constabulary, and Probation Services to support a whole system approach to risk management.

    How to access the service

    Referrals to the Forensic Outreach Service come through Single Point of Access (Flow and Capacity Manager, Guild Lodge). Referrals are accepted for service users who are care co-ordinated by teams sitting within the Lancashire and South Cumbria area.

    Please contact us on the number below to request a referral form.

    Referral criteria

    Service users must:

    • Be 18 years or older
    • Diagnosis, or suspected diagnosis, of a severe and enduring mental health condition
    • Present with a current or historical significant risk to others
    • Have a care coordinator from within Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

    Where we are based and how to contact us

    Parlick Centre
    Guild Lodge
    Whittingham Lane
    Preston PR3 2JH
    Tel: 01772 406796

    Services are welcome to telephone the FOS to discuss the appropriateness of referrals prior to the referral being submitted. Please contact us on the above number, or by email: forensicoutreachservice@lancashirecare.nhs.uk.

    More details around the services the FOS offer can be found here.