Design Guide: Medium secure psychiatric units

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This guidance offers advice on the planning and design of medium secure psychiatric units

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This guidance supersedes the DHSS Design Guidelines of July 1975 on “Regional Secure Units”. It should assist those planning new medium secure units or extensions to existing ones. It takes account of experience with existing units, including an evaluation commissioned by the Department of Health, which was undertaken in the summer of 1992 by a multi-disciplinary team.

Published September 1993.