Laura Woods is a NAPICU Executive Member. She is a mental health nurse with over ten years’ experience working in PICUs, prisons and secure and forensic health care. During her time working within PICU she was an active member of the Positive and Safe network for the Department of Health with her ward being an early implementer for reducing restrictive practice. Laura has spoken nationally about reducing the use of seclusion and has a particular interest in how PICU teams can provide meaningful alternatives to restrictive interventions.
After nearly nine years working in PICU, Laura managed a healthcare service within the prison estate. During this time, she gained a MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry with her research looking at prison transfers to general adult PICUs.
Laura is currently working as a Matron within Forensic Health Care services in Sussex where her work with reducing restrictive practices is now focused on forensic PICUs, Medium Secure Units and Low Secure Units. She remains passionate about mental health nursing and enjoys teaching junior colleagues and nursing students.