The Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service is a specialist service for people with a mental health condition who pose a serious risk of harm to others. We also offer support to their carers.
We co-ordinate the care of people in the community who are under a restriction order of the Mental Health Act. This involves providing personalised care based on the needs of the individual, and proactively supporting people to develop purpose in their lives including finding voluntary work or paid employment and resolving housing issues.
We reach out to people in the community and where necessary support them through admission and discharge to low, medium and high secure inpatient beds. Our team tries to ensure people are admitted to hospital as close to home as possible. We work with people to set goals for their discharge shortly after admission to ensure they only stay in hospital for as long as they need to and that they are well prepared for their discharge with the necessary support in place to help their recovery.
Our team works closely with our Community Mental Health Recovery Services and our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Surrey.
Who is our service for
People who use our service are adults who:
- are aged 16+ (not all of our services are available to those aged between 16-18 years)
- live in Surrey or north east Hampshire
- have a diagnosis of mental illness
- have either committed (or are suspected of / alleged to have committed) a serious offence, or are believed to be at risk of doing so.
Meet the team
Our friendly, multi-disciplinary team is made up of a variety of professionals including psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) and community psychiatric nurses (CPNs).
- Damien Kealey, Service Manager
- Dr Arthur Owino, Consultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Andrew Iles, Consultant Psychiatrist
- Dr Huw Stone, Consultant Psychiatrist
- Hannah Bloy, Senior AMHP / Social Worker
- Peter Nunoo, AMHP / Social Worker
- Jacqueline Kennedy, Forensic Psychologist
- Ruth Davies, Chartered Senior Clinical Psychologist
- Teresa Venn, Carers Practice Advisor
- Pietro Viglinenghi, Carers Practice Advisor
- Vee Sakupwanya, Senior Practitioner
- Julie Bullemore, CPN
- Samantha Lees, CPN
- Beth Humpries, Clinical Support Worker
- Helen Harrold, Senior Administrator
There are other support services available that you might find helpful:
Our Safe Havens provide out of hours help and support to people and their carers who are experiencing mental health crisis of emotional distress.
An advocate can speak on your behalf if you are unable to speak for yourself, they support you to say what you want to say. Under the Care Act 2014, the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act, certain people are legally entitled to an advocate.
Find out more about mental health conditions, treatments and medications.
There is lots of information on services available to support carers in our carers section.
When you're living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information is important. Mind has lots of information and support on their website.
Mental illness can affect many areas of your life. Rethink Mental Illness provides information and support on many aspects of daily life, from physical health to work and education.
What people say
"I wanted to give an honest testimonial about the service I received with the Community Forensic Team.
"I have had the pleasure of meeting and dealing with various care co-ordinators, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts. All of whom have been friendly, professional and supportive. I have had laughs with team and it has been nice to treated kindly and with good rapport.
"Fortunately, I have always felt I could tell my care co-ordinator anything, no matter how bizarre. I have received free psychotherapy which was part of my care plan.
"Every two months I have a meeting with doctors and staff. Family / carers are invited and it is an opportunity to touch base and determine where I am with my care. Again, I am always treated kindly and professionally.
"If I was asked to recommend the team I would say a big yes and I believe that anyone using the service will be made to feel as welcome as I was."
Your views matter
We really value feedback on our service and appreciate hearing about people's experiences so we know what we are doing well and what we need to improve.
Your views matter is a short survey that gives you the opportunity to tell us how we're doing.
We are not able to identify you from your survey responses - they are completed on an anonymous basis. Please don’t add any personal information that could identify you or a member of our staff in any of the free text boxes.
If you are a person who has used our service please select the Community Services survey in the Adult Mental Health section. Under 'ward' please choose Community Forensic. If you care for someone using our service we also want to hear from you so please select the carer of family member option under carers.
Information for professionals
Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service is a tertiary service, which means it is highly specialised. We provide services within Surrey and north east Hampshire, excluding court diversion and liaison referrals.
We accept referrals from:
- Secondary care mental health and learning disability services, high secure hospitals or other secure units
- We do not accept referrals from primary care. People referred to our service will have been assessed by the secondary care adult mental health and learning disability services, who will make a referral if appropriate.
Reasons for referrals
- Assessment and advice on the management of people who are in community or mental health services
- Specialist risk assessment involving HCR-20, SVR-20 or stalking risk profile
- Joint working agreement to share care with another community mental health services.
Please download our referral form, and once complete return by post or email to:
Curfew Bell Road
Surrey KT16 9FG
If you would like to discuss a referral please call 01932 587095.
On receipt of a referral we will upload the details to our database and discuss it during our team meeting, held every Monday. A letter will be sent to the referrer to advise them of the decision reached during the meeting. An acceptance for assessment does not necessary mean our service will co-ordinate care, the referrer will continue to be responsible for the person being referred.