About this event

  • Date and time Thu 28 Oct 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:05pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Psychiatry

Join us on this Mind Matters webinar to explore psychiatry in closed institutions as well as suicide and self-harm in custodial settings in the UK and internationally.

In this webinar, Professor Andrew Forrester will discuss the above topics, particularly his interest in prisons and healthcare provision, in the context of human rights and social justice. Institutions to be considered include prisons, secure hospitals, immigration centres, police custody, and other areas.

We will learn Professor Forrester's views on marginalization, vulnerability, and the adequacy of care and treatment of incarcerated groups, and hear about his ideas to effect change and improvements in institutions and across healthcare systems. 

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand the complex array of individual, institutional and sociopolitical difficulties encountered by vulnerable people detained in institutions

  • Delegates will be able to cite efforts nationally and internationally to improve care and facilities for incarcerated people

  • Raise awareness of the difficulties encountered in trying to integrate the array of institutions in resource allocation and management

  • Increase delegate influence to effect change in the above areas

This is a part of the Mind Matters webinar series presented by the RSM Psychiatry section. This webinar is CPD accredited.

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit  will be issued to those joining each webinar live and will be automatically issued after 7 days to those who watched the webinar live in its entirety. Those who watch the webinar on-demand will receive a CPD certificate 30 days after the webinar has gone live.  

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Key speakers

Professor Andrew Forrester

Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Cardiff University

Speaker's biography

Andrew is Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Cardiff University, and a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with Swansea Bay University Health Board and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. He is forensic lead at the National Centre for Mental Health, director of the Offender Health Research Network Cymru, Academic Secretary to the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Editor in Chief of the SAGE journal Medicine, Science and the Law. He sits on the executive committees of the Forensic Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, the charity Crime in Mind and the British Medical Association’s Forensic and Secure Environments Committee. He is the former chair of the World Psychiatric Association’s prison mental health task-force, and a former member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Working Group on the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers. Andrew has worked as a Forensic Psychiatrist in prisons and other criminal justice settings for over 20 years. He has introduced and developed new services in these areas and written over 700 reports to the courts. His clinical and research interests relate to mental health conditions as they present in the criminal justice system, including prisons, courts, police custody, probation, and other places of detention, with a focus on vulnerability and marginalisation. He plays piano and managed to improve his Spanish during lockdown.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction
Mental health in closed institutions and custodial settings

Professor Andrew Forrester, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Cardiff University

Close of meeting



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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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