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 over 18 who have a primary diagnosis of mental illness or learning disability and who are liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act (1983). The service supports those whose risk of harm to others or escape from hospital cannot be safely managed in other mental health settings and therefore require care and treatment within a secure mental health service.

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 ensure 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 switchboard on 020 8702 3000.  

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