Journal article

Secure pathways for women in the UK: lessons from the women's enhanced medium secure services (WEMSS) pilots

Dawn Edge, Tammi Walker, Rachel Meacock, Hannah Wilson, Louisa McNair, Jenny Shaw, Kerry Gutridge, Heather Mitchell, Louise Robinson, Jane Senior, Matthew Sutton, Kathryn Abel

Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2017


Women’s enhanced medium secure services (WEMSS) is a model of care aimed at providing a more appropriate level of security for women and, in so doing, reducing the number of women in high secure psychiatric services. In 2007, three Department of Health commissioned WEMSS pilots became operational. This study compared the clinical outcomes of women in WEMSS with control women in six standard medium secure services and one high secure service matched on key clinical and risk characteristics, in order to examine their pathways of care. Our findings confirm that the WEMSS pilots were successful in transitioning women from high secure services who had previously been thought unsuitable for medium..

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