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Forensic Nursing

Forensic nurses work in caring for people with mental illnesses who have committed a criminal offence and are receiving services in the community or secure settings. Use this guide to find information resources about forensic nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 04/11/2017

Key Resources

Mental Health Nursing subject guide

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Royal College of Nursing (2016) Positive and proactive care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2016) Positive and proactive care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions, London: RCN.
Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (2013) Guidance for commissioners of forensic mental health services, London: JCPMH
National Offender Management Service and NHS England (2015) Working with personality disordered offenders: a practitioner’s guide.
National Offender Management Service (2014) Prisons and probation guidance. Healthcare for offenders. How offender healthcare is managed in prisons and in the community.
NHS Scotland: Forensic mental health services managed care network
Northern Ireland Assembly (2011) Prisoners and mental health, Belfast: Northern Ireland Assembly
NHS Evidence guidance search: Forensic nursing
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Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services (2015) See think act. Your guide to relational security (2nd edition), London: RCP.
We would like to thank the RCN Nursing in Justice and Forensic Health Care member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Hammer R M, Moynihan, B and Pagliaro E M (2012) Forensic nursing: a handbook for practice, Burlington MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. Hammer R M, Moynihan, B and Pagliaro E M (2012) Forensic nursing: a handbook for practice, Burlington MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Pritchard J (2013) Good practice in promoting recovery and healing for abused adults, London: Jessica Kingsley. Pritchard J (2013) Good practice in promoting recovery and healing for abused adults, London: Jessica Kingsley.
Pycroft A and Clift S (2013) Risk and rehabilitation: management and treatment of substance misuse and mental health problems in the criminal justice system, Bristol: Policy Press. Pycroft A and Clift S (2013) Risk and rehabilitation: management and treatment of substance misuse and mental health problems in the criminal justice system, Bristol: Policy Press.
Spooner M (2015) Working with people in secure forensic mental health settings: a care quality guide for support workers and staff, Hove: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd.
Drennan G and Alred D (2012) Secure recovery: approaches to recovery in forensic mental health settings, Abingdon: Routledge. Drennan G and Alred D (2012) Secure recovery: approaches to recovery in forensic mental health settings, Abingdon: Routledge.
Gunn J and Taylor P J (2014) Forensic psychiatry: clinical, legal and ethical issues, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. Gunn J and Taylor P J (2014) Forensic psychiatry: clinical, legal and ethical issues, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Gillam T (2014) Reflections on community psychiatric nursing, London: Routledge. Gillam T (2014) Reflections on community psychiatric nursing, London: Routledge.
Pollock P (2015) Cognitive analytic therapy for offenders: a new approach to forensic psychotherapy, London: Routledge.
Rogers A, Harvey J and Law H (2015) Young people in forensic mental health settings: psychological thinking and practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Rogers A, Harvey J and Law H (2015) Young people in forensic mental health settings: psychological thinking and practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ashmore Z (2014) Forensic practice in the community, Florence: Taylor and Francis. Ashmore Z (2014) Forensic practice in the community, Florence: Taylor and Francis.

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Journals

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