"Support for my son"

About: Forensic mental health / Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Intellectual Developmental Disabilities /Learning Disability Services – Community (City)

(as a relative),

My son is a different person following help and support from the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Team and Mansfield Community Speech and Language therapist and the mental health teams.

Because of the Criminal Justice Teams intervention my son was given access to the Mansfield mental health team who were able to get to the root of his behavioural problems that led to criminality and drug abuse. They were able to refer him for speech and language therapy also which has also helped enormously and through coordination have got my son into an assisted flat where they can all keep an eye on him and continue to give him access to the therapies he needs, and has needed for a long time.

My son is calmer and less frustrated and angry, his behaviour has changed so that he speaks more to the rest of the family, bringing us all closer. Without this we would have been driven further apart, I thought it would end in tragedy. we now have a better understanding of why he has behaved the way he has.

Catherine in the Criminal Justice team and Gemma the speech therapist have been brilliant.


Response from Joanne Halstead, Clinical Team Leader,, NCFS Criminal Justice Liaison (County), Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Lioner89

I am so pleased to hear about the progress your son has made with treatment and support from our team. Thank you for taking the time to post your positive comments on Care Opinion. Your feedback really helps us to plan and further improve services in future. I will ensure that these comments are shared with our staff and managers. I would like to wish you and your family all the best in future.

Best wishes

Joanne Halstead

Registered Nurse and Clinical Team leader

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Response from Vicky Romilly, Lead Speech and Language Therapist, IDD Speech Therapy and Low Secure and Community Forensic Directorate, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

To Lioner89,

To add to Joanne's response, I just wanted to add how wonderful it was to read your story - and the outcomes for your family. Speech and Language Therapy is new to the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion service - and we are keen to hear people's experience. Thank you.

Vicky Romilly
Lead Speech and Language Therapist.

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