Forensic Integrated Community Services (FICS)

We offer a range of preventative solutions as well as assessment, treatment, CPA care co-ordination and supervision to mentally disordered offenders.

Contact details

Police and Court Liaison/Diversion Services

Forensic practitioners work across the criminal justice pathway in Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. The first stage of this pathway is in the Metropolitan Police custody suites. The aim of this service is to identify individuals, through screening and triaging people at the earliest stage of the criminal justice process, who have health and social care needs that require intervention. From assessment those in need are diverted into the appropriate pathway, which could be into third sector or statutory services.

The second stage is at Highbury Corner or Hendon Magistrates Court. There we assess those in custody and on bail and have an open referral system. We provide assessment and liaise with the court providing them with the appropriate information they require to make an informed decision about the disposal.

Highbury Magistrates' Court, 51-53 Holloway Road, London, N7

Tel: 020 7506 3182

Fax: 020 7700 6892

Opening hours -Every Tuesday & Thursday

The service across the north justice sector, covering Enfield, Haringey, Camden and Islington, was selected by NHS England to be the London trial site piloting the new operating model.

Team Manager: David Bishop 0208 702 6076

British Transport Police

We are proud to have pioneered the joint Operation Partner service with BTP. This is a joint police and NHS team that works together to reduce incidents and suicides on the rail system across the London Underground and Network Rail across the South of England.

Together they form a public protection unit, which provides a live time liaison and interface service between the NHS and BTP for those at risk and need of intervention, often under section 136 MHA 1983. There is also a post incident phase that requires the negotiation between NHS and the BTP in order to implement a shared care and risk plan that works to minimises the risk and share information.

Team Manager: David Bishop 0208 702 6076

London Pathways Partnership

Together with Oxleas Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley  Foundation Trust and East London Foundation Trust we are part of a consortium known as the London Pathways Partnership. We operationalize the services as set out in the joint Department of Health and Ministry of Justice Personality Disorder Offender Strategy and currently provide this service across all the probation offices in London as well as delivering services at HMP Belmarsh, HMP Swaleside and HMYOI Aylesbury.

Assistant Director Mark Landy 0208 702 5903 or Dr Robert Halsey 0208 702 5955

Prison Inreach and Inpatient Service

HMP Pentonville

For over twenty years NLFS has provided psychiatric services across the prison estate. HMP Pentonville has been a cornerstone of that provision during this period and we provide the clinical and operational management of the inpatient, mental health team and day centre services.

Assistant Director Mark Landy 0208 702 5903

HMP Brixton

For over twenty years NLFS has provided psychiatric services across the prison estate. We are proud to be working alongside Care UK to deliver the psychiatric services at the prison focusing on the resettlement needs of the population

HMYOI Feltham

Since April 2013, NLFS has in partnership with Care UK provided the mental health service provision into HMYOI Feltham. The service delivers a tiered model across the younger persons (15-17 years) and younger adults (18-21years) units. A multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, nurses and speech and language therapists deliver a range of interventions including a neuro-developmental service.

An innovative approach is taken with services delivered in partnership with other agencies in the prison like education and chaplaincy providing an accessible recovery orientated service that meets the wider needs of the population and not just those with acute or severe health conditions.

Service Manager: Brian Ashley  0208 702 3014 / 0208 844 5044


What we offer

Forensic Integrated Community Service (FICS) is an innovative model of working that provides a comprehensive end to end pathway of services. FICS offers a range of preventative solutions as well as assessment, treatment, CPA care co-ordination and supervision to mentally disordered offenders, in line with the recovery model. This enables continuity of care, improved outcomes and opportunities for diversion away from the criminal justice system whether the service user is in prison, forensic inpatient services, court, police station or living in the community.

FICS provides specific interventions along this pathway that work towards reducing social exclusion, improving health and wellbeing and providing rehabilitation of those service users who have been in contact with the Criminal Justice System. This is achieved through our ability to identify, understand and manage the complex relationship between a service user’s mental disorder and offending behaviour.

FICS works in partnership with a number of statuary and non-statuary organisations along the pathway to ensure service users are provided with the best possible care.

Who is the service for

Court Services

FICS@ Highbury, Hendon and Tottenham Magistrates Court

FICS provide diversion services assessing those in custody as well on bail. The team consists of psychiatrists, an approved mental health practitioner, psychiatric nurse and administrator.

The team provide a comprehensive psychiatric and fitness to plead report which enables the court to make an informed decision regarding the disposal of the case and where necessary divert those in need of immediate care and treatment into Hospital.

Police stations

FICS@ Camden and Haringey Police Stations

This is a nursel led service who assess individuals referred in custody and provide recommendations to the police and where necessary divert mentally disordered defendants from unnecessary custody to appropriate levels of care and security, as an alternative to custody.

The team provides:

Ongoing liaison with community mental health services 

  • Liaise with the judiciary, probation, custody suites, solicitors, Crown Prosecution Service and third sector organisations to ensure service users get an appropriate outcome.
  • Refer to or re-establish contact with appropriate health and social care agencies e.g. homelessness services, drug and alcohol services
  • Provide ongoing educative input to the police, informally and formally on issues pertaining to mental health


FICS@ HMP Pentonville

FICS provide forensic psychiatry at HMP Pentonville within the inpatient service and wing based mental health team. This also includes specialist learning disability assessment.

 The team provides:

  • A mental health and learning disability service that is of an equivalent NHS standard as in the community
  • Assess and treat mentally disordered offenders in custody in both the inpatient and residential units of the prison. Where appropriate service users will be diverted out of prison for further assessment or treatment as appropriate
  • Provide the courts with psychiatric reports
  • A partnership with safer custody in the assessment and management of prisoners on ACCT
  • A central agency in the reducing re-offending agenda
NHS Direct NHS Choices

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