Training Scheme Details:

ImageEast of England Forensic Training Programme currently spreads across 3 main sites including Runwell (Wickford) site at South Essex, Norwich and Cambridge. There are 4 posts based at Norvic Clinic in Norwich and Cambridge.

There are 3 posts at Runwell, Wickford. Trainees also have opportunity to obtain high secure placements either at Broadmoor or Rampton Hospital.

In general, in order to minimise commuting and distruption where possible,  trainees will typically be part  of rotation either based in Essex (3 years), or split between Cambridge (1 year) and Norwich (2 years).  Wickford site is particularly attractive to trainees living in London as it has excellent transport links.

The rotation offers a three year training programme for the core skills and training of a forensic psychiatrist to be developed. It is an exciting rotation with various placements on the scheme. We also offer an experience in three excellent prisons as a specialist interest session for the training. In addition to this, there is experience in court diversion, women’s services, personality disorder services and acute and rehabilitative medium and low security, detention centre and ADHD.





Norfolk and Suffolk forensic training:

Catherine Weeks, one of our higher trainees, had this to say, “ Forensic speciality training in Norfolk and Suffolk allows you to gain experience in a broad range of areas; at the moment my post is split between the forensic community team and a female blended LSU/MSU, which gives me the chance to spend time in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as follow patients as they move from hospital through to discharge and life in the community.

There are also lots of opportunities to develop your special interest sessions. This year I’m involved in teaching at the University of East Anglia, am helping to develop an educational programme for speciality trainees in the region and am being funded by NSFT to take part in a national RCPsych leadership scheme. I’ve also had the chance to take part in research and quality improvement projects and am always encouraged by my supervisors and the wider medical team to get involved in new developments within secure services“

We have medium secure, low secure and community forensic psychiatric teams. In addition there is a  mixed secure (low and medium) female secure service – one of any a handful in the country – in Norwich. As a trainee in our scheme you will have the opportunity to have prison sessions, undertake quality improvement, gain experience at Crown court and develop your understanding of complex risk management. There is also the potential for special interest sessions in MSU in intellectual disability in our neighbouring hospital  - the Broadlands Unit – which is part of Hertfordshire Partnership Trust.

The NSFT scheme offers a weekly Balint group with a psychodynamic psychotherapist. This helps trainees develop a deeper understanding of psychopathology and counter-transference. Even before COVID-19 we have embraced technology and we will develop your skills on using digital for assessments, giving evidence and running clinical reviews to keep everyone safe. We have a Recovery focus with a Trust Recovery college, a dedicated workshop and service-user shop which is run by service users. We also have a people participation lead to involve service users even more in their care. To find out more about us have a look here :


Dr Abkari (ST6 Forensic Trainee) describes the training in the East of England (Aug 2018):

ImageForensic Psychiatry Training gives you an opportunity to understand the interface between psychiatry, criminal behaviour and law and focuses on the associations between mental health disorders, antisocial behaviour and criminal offending that are fundamental to the field of forensic psychiatry. Forensic Psychiatrists work regularly as expert witnesses and this aspect of practice is an essential part of training.
During my Higher Training at the Brockfield House Medium Secure Unit, under the Health Education East of England Deanery, I have had excellent opportunities to assess complex forensic patients including female offenders with personality disorders and complex needs. I had an opportunity to do special interest sessions in Prison psychiatry at the HMP Chelmsford that enhanced my skills in assessing and managing offenders with various mental health issues. I also had opportunity to work in the Criminal Justice Liaison and Court Diversion Scheme at the Southend Magistrates Court. I had ample opportunities to teach medical Students and Junior colleagues.

There is a healthy working environment at the Brockfield House with positive support from the Senior Colleagues, excellent support from the secretarial staff and friendly attitude of various members of the dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Teams that work together in the best interests of the patients.
Overall, training in forensic psychiatry in the East of England is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I would highly recommend Higher Training in Forensic Psychiatry in East of England to all those who aspire to become future experts in Forensic Psychiatry.



Dr Hallett writes about his experience with Forensic training in the East of England (Aug 2018):

The East of England is an excellent place to train in forensic psychiatry. Whilst based at Brockfield House medium-secure unit I have had numerous opportunities to assess and manage forensic patients in a variety of settings. This includes hospital settings of various levels of security, prison settings, courts, community assessments and assessments for probation and the parole board. There are opportunities to develop leadership and management skills involving clinical audit, service evaluation and research. There is a well-established forensic academic programme with opportunities for case discussions, medicolegal training and reviewing the latest evidence-based practice. 

Training in forensic psychiatry in the East of England is an enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating experience. Colleagues are very supportive, clinical cases are extremely interesting and there is a wide variety of experiences to learn from. I would highly recommend forensic psychiatry to anyone interested in the relationship between mental disorder and crime. Working in this fascinating speciality is a privilege and can be extremely rewarding. 


Dr. Vivek Bisht is Training Programme Director based at Brockfield House, Wickford.  Please feel free to contact him if you have any queries about the programme.  His email is

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