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Leading the Way: Nua Healthcare Services Champions Forensic Psychiatry Education on the International Stage

Nua Healthcare Services has a strong legacy of supporting individuals facing challenges related to mental health and neurodevelopmental issues. These individuals often find it difficult to access tailored services that meet their specific clinical and social care requirements. Additionally, it has long been believed that investing in people is crucial for the success of its services. Thus, it’s a natural progression for Nua Healthcare to take a leading role in the field of Forensic Psychiatry in Ireland.

In line with this mission, Nua Healthcare Services proudly served as the European sponsor for the 2023 II Forensic Psychiatry International Summer School in Taranto, Italy. Nua collaborated with various international organisations, including The Dundrum Centre for Forensic Excellence in Ireland, Maul Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Association of Italy, The Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry Department of the Medical School of the University of Bari, Italy, and Elysium Healthcare United Kingdom.

The primary goal of the Summer School was to facilitate the exchange of specialised knowledge through scientific study, training, discussions, and networking opportunities among Forensic Psychiatrists, Forensic Psychologists, and Health Professionals working in forensic contexts across different countries and jurisdictions. The overarching objective was to better equip professionals in the niche field of Forensic Psychiatry, enabling them to offer specialised services founded on evidence-based practices.

Throughout the three days, the academic programme covered key topics in clinical practice, research methodology, and medico-legal skills. The event also featured a rich social program, including a guided tour of the local surroundings and a dinner for all delegates, complementing the learning experience with Italian hospitality. Nua delegates pictured on the left, included Aine Cashin  (Senior Occupational Therapist), Dr Shadé Olajubu (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist & Clinical Director), Dr Charotte Capri (Senior Clinical Psychologist), Alan Pillinger (Director of Nursing), and Dr Asfand Yar (Registrar).

Feedback from delegates at the 2023 Summer School was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing a keen interest in attending the 2024 Summer School, which Nua Healthcare Services has committed to supporting once again.


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