Research about the experience of meal times on acute mental health wards.

By Susan Guthrie, PGR at School of Healthcare, University of Leeds & Cardinal Clinical Academic Research Fellow Advanced Practitioner Speech and Language Therapist at Leeds and York Partnership Trust Phd supervisors: Prof John Baker & Dr Jane Cahill (University of Leeds) / Prof Bronwyn Hemsley (University of Technology, Sydney) Introduction Mealtime experiences vary for everyone. … Continue reading Research about the experience of meal times on acute mental health wards.

MH-CREST: How do community crisis care services work, who do they work for, and in what circumstances?

I am excited to announce the start of MH-CREST following an intense year of development. The MH-CREST research team is a partnership between The School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield and our sponsor Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. Together, the MH-CREST team hold expertise in mental … Continue reading MH-CREST: How do community crisis care services work, who do they work for, and in what circumstances?

#ICUrestraint study: using audio-visual vignettes

Using audio-visual vignettes to explore how nurses make the decision to restraint delirious patients on the critical care unit How do nurses make the decision to restrain a delirious patient? What influences their decision? Do they follow protocols or base their decision on an individual assessment of the patient? If they assess the patient, what … Continue reading #ICUrestraint study: using audio-visual vignettes

Reducing Restrictive Practices: Understanding Key Intervention Components

On Wednesday 5 June we held a dissemination event for the COMPARE study. COMPARE is an evidence review of interventions designed to reduce restrictive practices with adults in mental health inpatient settings. The aim of the event was to share preliminary findings from our evidence review with stakeholders (including frontline staff and service users) and … Continue reading Reducing Restrictive Practices: Understanding Key Intervention Components

Tickets Available – Reducing Restrictive Practices: Understanding Key Intervention Components

As we move into the final stages of COMPARE: Establishing components of programmes to reduce restrictive practices: an evidence synthesis, we are pleased to announce that we will share our findings at a dedicated event: Reducing Restrictive Practices: Understanding Key Intervention Components 12.30-15.30 5 June 2019 Horizon Conference Centre, Leeds We have identified and mapped … Continue reading Tickets Available – Reducing Restrictive Practices: Understanding Key Intervention Components

“You don’t need to fight any battle alone – someone is ALWAYS there to support you while you’re fighting whatever battle you’re up against!” #Strongertogether

After many years of wanting to work within the Mental Health field, in September 2018, I finally enrolled at the University of Leeds, to study Mental Health Nursing. As I have been coming up to the end of my first year, I have been feeling more passionate than ever about wanting to raise as much … Continue reading “You don’t need to fight any battle alone – someone is ALWAYS there to support you while you’re fighting whatever battle you’re up against!” #Strongertogether

Does policy and procedure keep service users secluded longer than necessary?

International concerns (United Nations, 2013; World Health Organisation, 2017; Duxbury, 2019) have been expressed about seclusion use in mental health settings. Although initiatives such as Safewards and No Force First recommended strategies staff can use to prevent aggression or de-escalate potential incidents, healthcare staff continue to support its use (Muir-Cochrane, 2018). Our study ‘Factors influencing … Continue reading Does policy and procedure keep service users secluded longer than necessary?