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Probation Personality Disorder (PD) Consultation Service

What we do
The team provides a consultation service to Offender Managers in which treatment and management of offenders with personality disorder, or personality disorder traits/difficulties, is psychologically informed and focuses on relationships and the social context in which people live. The service is provided in line with the Department of Health / National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Offender Personality Disorder Strategy, 2011.
The PD Consultation Service is designed to meet the challenges posed by offenders with personality difficulties through achieving the following objectives:
  • To screen all high and very high risk offenders for the presence of personality disorder or difficulties on licence or in prison from the Devon and Cornwall Peninsula locality.
  • Female offenders of medium risk are screened for potential inclusion.
  • To provide consultation for Offender Managers managing cases meeting these criteria.
  • To provide education and training to Offender Managers in understanding, managing and working positively with offenders with personality disorder or personality disorder traits.
  • Assisting with the development of a case formulation for offenders meeting the inclusion criteria, to guide and support effective decision making.
  • To support the development of care pathways for offenders meeting the inclusion criteria.
  • Reduce the risk of serious re-offending and harm to others.
  • Develop a workforce across NOMS and the NHS with the right skills, experience and leadership
This service is jointly provided with Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust and covers the Devon and Cornwall Peninsula, including Plymouth and Torbay. The service is broken down into two regional areas: (i) Plymouth and Cornwall and (ii) Devon (including Torbay).