Relational security strategy development

Relational security is one of the most important factors in providing high-quality care in mental health services, especially forensic mental health services.  It provides the basic philosophy for any kind of care: human, thoughtful, purposeful, reasonable, mindful and responsive.

In 2010 as policy lead for medium secure services at the Department of Health, Liz wrote and published See Think Act.  In 2015 she authored the 2nd Edition of the work for the Royal College of Psychiatry Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services.

See Think Act sets out a number of outcomes for how your service might look if relational security is working well.  When we build a relational security strategy with a service, we look together at each of those outcomes, evaluate where we think we are against them and then plan what the service will do to continue to improve service quality.  It looks a bit like this:  

  • Outcomes for the strategy (what you want to accomplish as a result)
  • Statement of current status against relational security outcomes (as outlined in See Think Act)
  • Statement of planned developments/priorities to improve relational security
  • Details of how the strategy fits with governance and performance monitoring arrangements.

This project can be delivered as a single piece of work or as an output of relational security training where we’ll have identified with teams what works well and what the key priorities might be going forward.