The clinical and risk characteristics of patients admitted to a secure hospital‐based Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder unit

Kerry Sheldon (The Peaks Academic and Research Unit, Rampton Hospital and Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK)
Gopi Krishnan (Associate Medical Director Forensic Services, Rampton Hospital, UK)

The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646

Publication date: 17 September 2009

Abstract

This paper describes the clinical and risk characteristics of patients admitted over the first four years of operation of the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disordered (DSPD) NHS pilot at the Peaks Unit, Rampton Secure Hospital. There were 124 referrals, mainly from Category A and B prisons, resulting in 68 DSPD admissions. Clinically, 29% scored 30 or more on the Psychopathy Checklist. The most common personality disorders were antisocial, borderline, paranoid and narcissistic. There is a high risk of violent/sexual recidivism as measured by the Static‐99, Violence Risk Scale, and the Historical, Clinical and Risk Management Scale.

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Sheldon, K. and Krishnan, G. (2009), "The clinical and risk characteristics of patients admitted to a secure hospital‐based Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder unit", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 19-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636646200900019

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