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  1. PRISON PSYCHIATRY Dr Melanie Baker Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry Visiting Psychiatrist to HMP Barlinnie

  2. Syllabus for MRCPsych IIPsychiatry in Prisons • Knowledge of the presence of psychiatric disorder in prison populations • Suicide in prisons • Psychiatric treatment in prison settings

  3. PRISONS There are 15 prisons in Scotland. These operate at different levels of security and cater for individuals on remand and serving sentences

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  6. HMP Barlinnie

  7. REMAND PRISONERS - 70% psychiatric morbidity amongst remands – 5% psychotic or affective disorder - Three times more likely to have psychosis or major depression than the general population - Co-morbidity with mental illness, substance misuse and personality disorder is the norm - Officer’s national, statistics 10% of male remands suffer a functional psychosis - Substance misuse rate 38%, higher amongst remand than serving prisoners - six times elevated suicide rate amongst prison population (Birmingham) SENTENCED PRISONERS - 7% of male sentenced prisoners have a psychotic illness STATISTICS – According to Literature

  8. REASONS FOR ELEVATED PSYCHIATRIC MORBIDITY • Remand • Acute withdrawal • Addiction in custody • New asylum population • Demographics

  9. CASE e.g. • Anonymised • 36y male • Serious offender • Assault to severe injury • Attempted murder

  10. WHAT DOES THE VISITING PSYCHIATRIST DO? • Triage • Case management • Transfer to local hospitals • Management of difficult prisoners • Consultation

  11. TAKE HOME MESSAGES • Syllabus • The SPS is not the NHS • Itinerant population • Forensic experience