Psychiatric clinics in probation offices in South Wales

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A descriptive study of a psychiatric probation clinic based in South Wales is presented. Over a three year period, 100 probation clients were assessed by forensic psychiatrists at the request of the Probation Service in South Wales. The majority of these clients were mentally disordered, with common diagnoses being personality disorder (35%), substance misuse (11%), schizophrenia (10%) and post-traumatic stress disorder (9%). The non- attendance rates for these clients was 0% for the first and 13.3% for subsequent appointments. Psychiatric probation clinics seem to be analogous to general psychiatric clinics base in Primary Care.




Huckle, P., Travier, T., & Scarf, S. (1996). Psychiatric clinics in probation offices in South Wales. Psychiatric Bulletin, 20(4), 205–206.

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