The Forensic Personality Disorder Service (FPDS) supports people with personality difficulties who may be: 

  • posing a high risk of harm to others 

  • in a secure hospital  

  • at risk of secure admission 

We aim to support you, or someone you care for, in the least restrictive environment, where you are supported with an appropriate pathway and receive evidence-based care. Our service manages your care pathway to ensure you are receiving the best level of care during your admission 

Our specialist team treats personality disorder in secure settings using a tiered approach to offer support at different levels:  

  • Tier 1: signposting and liaison. 

  • Tier 2: indirect work involving consultation, training, reflective practice and supervision to support the team.  

  • Tier 3: direct work to assess secure care, specialist assessment, care pathway management and intervention.   

Our services are available to people meeting the following criteria:  

  • a diagnosis of personality disorder which is the primary mental health issue. We can help teams to clarify a diagnosis where there is complexity or uncertainty.  

  • currently in secure care or at risk of a secure admission.  

  • from Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. 

  • a history of serious harm to others and displaying on-going risks to others.  

All referrals to the Forensic Personality Disorder Service should be made via an online portal South West Provider Collaborative (SWPC) Patient Flow System. For log in details and a guide on how to use the system, please email

Alternatively, professionals can request a copy of our referral form by contacting us: 


Phone: 0117 378 4600 

If you are unsure whether a referral is appropriate, we can help by offering initial advice by phone.