Identifying and transferring offenders with mental health needs

Nurs Stand. 2012 Nov 14-20;27(11):42-7; quiz 49. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.


This article provides an overview of the challenges encountered by mental health staff involved in the transfer of offenders with mental health problems between prisons and secure hospital settings. The article presents a case study demonstrating the importance of identifying offenders with mental health needs to provide appropriate care and support, prevent further mental deterioration and reduce the risk of offenders harming themselves or others.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Crime*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Patient Care Team
  • United Kingdom