Roland Woodward


Roland Woodward is currently Director of Forensic Services at Affinity Healthcare. He is a chartered forensic psychologist.

He has thirty three years experience of working in the criminal justice system, most of it with in the prison system. He was director of therapy at HMP Dovegate's two hundred bed therapeutic community, from its design in 1999 to operation in 2006 when he took up his current role; in which he has recently and successfully opened forensic services for men and women at the Middleton St George hospital. Roland practiced in and managed the psychological services at HMP Gartree where he opened the first therapeutic community for life sentence prisoners, which still flourishes to day. His particular interests are the design of planned therapeutic environments and living systems, group therapy, Personality Disorder, murder, the assessment of risk and the management of hostage negotiation. He has edited and published books and articles in his fields of interest.

Roland is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. He is also on the Health Professions Council Register. Currently he is a member of the National Executive of the Association of Therapeutic Communities and an Advisory Group member for both the Community of Community Project and Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services at the Royal College of Psychiatry. He has recently become a member of the national body, The Council of Therapeutic Communities.


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