Forensic Community Service (North East and Cumbria) – CNTW061

The Forensic Community Service (FCS) is a regional service which provides care and treatment for adults (both male and female) who have a history of offending and/or pose a risk to others. Our service users have come into contact with the criminal justice system and have been within the secure in-patient pathway, and we provide Care Co-ordination for these patients upon discharge.

The primary aims of the FCS are to provide in-reach into secure in-patients to work towards discharge, to reduce length of stay in secure beds, reduce re-admission and provide an ongoing service in the community using interventions based on NHS England’s ’12 components of Care’, a biopsychosocial model.

The service currently operates during working hours of Monday to Friday (9am-5pm). The team covers the whole of the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust footprint. There is also some working into Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust as part of the Provider Collaborative.

The team also provides scaffolding and risk advice to other mental health services. This is done through access to our Forensic Liaison Clinics. To access these, teams are required to complete a referral form

How to get referred
Via Specialist Mental Health Service


0191 246 7273

0191 246 7236


Jubilee Road Gosforth Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3XT

Opening Times

Monday 9am – 5pm Tuesday 9am – 5pm Wednesday 9am – 5pm Thursday 9am – 5pm Friday 9am – 5pm

Related resources

  • Forensic Community Service (North East and Cumbria) – Leaflet and referral form

    Leaflet about the forensic community service (FCS) who is there to reduce the risks to others posed by individuals with a significant mental illness. This includes those who have been assessed as posing risk of harm and require further assessment, this includes ongoing psychiatric assessment, formulation and treatment. This information aims to provide referrers with information about what they can expect from them and how to make a referral.