Kevin joins the Health & Wellbeing Team as Head of Forensic Mental Health

We are delighted that Kevin Taylor (RMN) has joined the Health & Wellbeing Team as Head of Forensic Mental Health.

A former Operations Manager in the Midlands, Kevin moves into his role of Head of Forensic Mental Health to strengthen our support for people who may have significant mental health issues and/or pose a risk of contact with the criminal justice system.

Kevin trained as an R.M.N at Broadmoor in 1982. He worked in a variety of clinical settings, including learning difficulties, adolescents, rehabilitation, and female services.

Kevin has been involved in the management of aggression and violence since 1983, ranging from verbal de-escalation and negotiation techniques through to the use of protective equipment in situations where an individual possessed a weapon.

Since 2006 Kevin has provided services for multiple and complex needs clients with a learning disability, including mental health problems and autistic spectrum disorder, some of whom have offending histories, challenging behaviours and complex needs. Now often referred to as the Transforming Care Programme.

Kevin said of his new role:

“I want to bring my clinical skills to use and continue to enrich people’s lives by providing opportunities in the least restrictive way, particularly to people that have very complex needs”.

Kevin will also focus on enhancing and expanding relationships with commissioning authorities to aim to support more people who need to move from secure settings as part of Transforming Care, and/or seek to ensure those people can avoid secure services, and enhancing our ‘Good Lives’ Model of support.

Kevin said:

“I have been blown away by the vibrant enthusiasm of everyone I have come into contact with and have forged some great professional relationships being made to feel extremely welcome and valued.

“My new role as Head of Forensic Mental Health I already know is going to be demanding and I am looking forward to that challenge”.