The North London Forensic Service is a NHS tertiary forensic mental health service based at Chase Farm Hospital in the London Borough of Enfield.

We provide care and treatment to people aged 18 years and above with a primary diagnosis of mental illness or learning disability who are liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) and whose risk of harm to others and risk of escape from hospital cannot be safely managed in other mental health setting and therefore require care and treatment within a secure mental health services. 

What is our catchment area?

We provide a specialist service to the London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. 

What Services do we offer?

Inpatient services are offered as follows:

  • Medium Secure Male Mental Illness
  • Medium Secure Learning Disability
  • Medium Secure Female Mental Illness
  • Low Secure Male Mental Illness
  • Low Secure Male Learning Disability 

Community Services:

  • Full case working for patients who have been discharged from secure services
  • Case assisted/joint working 

We also offer specialist assessment, treatment and management of patients under the care of adult mental health or adult learning disability services, with respect to the following:

  • risk assessment
  • advice on diagnosis and management
  • advice on secure placement 

Who can refer?

Referrals are accepted as follows:
Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington: Referrals from other health services should be initiated and countersigned by a consultant psychiatrist. They are unlikely to be accepted unless the consultant in charge has made his/her own assessment of the patient. 

Referrals are also accepted from Criminal Justice Services. 

How to refer?

We have a  standardised referral form detailing the information required.  Please this form is fully completed to allow us to assess and triage referrals appropriately. Please ensure you include a typed summary of the case, which contains details of the current diagnosis and treatment plan and attach any previous risk assessments. Failure to include all the relevant information may result in a delay in the referral being processed. 

In cases of extreme urgency, telephone contact should be made with the on-call consultant for the North London Forensic Service, available through the Chase Farm Hospital switchboard (0845 111 4000).  

Forms can be completed either digitally or handwritten and can be returned in the following ways:

Email: forensic.referrals@nhs.net
Fax: 020 8342 0806
Post: Referrals Co-ordinator, Camlet One, Chase Farm Hospital, The Ridgeway, Enfield EN2 8JL

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