As of April 2019, sexual identity monitoring became mandatory across the NHS. Health disparities - inequalities in the provision of or access to healthcare - are faced by many different minority groups. Collecting monitoring information such as age, race and socioeconomic group makes healthcare providers aware of these disparities and therefore better able to take … Continue reading How comfortable are NHS staff with asking about sexual identity?
This month we published two blogs written by PhD students affiliated to the Mental Health Research Group. Both Susan and Angela are engaged in important work that focuses on areas of which the public – including many of us working in mental health – are unaware. On Delusion Awareness Day, Angela gave us an insight … Continue reading March Update
BBC Radio 4 recently aired the series The History of Delusions. One episode focused on delusions specific to people who had been patients on intensive care units. An intensive care unit (ICU) is a highly specialised area of secondary care. They provide technology-driven treatment for patients in multi-organ failure. Until recently, little attention was paid … Continue reading Delusions in intensive care: How can healthcare professionals help?
Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) are experienced by at least a third of adults with mental health conditions, dementia and acquired neurological diagnoses. Dysphagia often goes unrecognised until severe, however, and fatal choking incidents or aspiration pneumonia are leading causes of premature death in people with mental health conditions. The impact of any level … Continue reading Swallowing Awareness Day: What Does Eating & Drinking Mean To You?
February may be a short month, but we have been no less busy… John has been out and about. He attended a meeting of NHS England’s Expert Reference Group: Restrictive Practices where he presented evidence for the current use of rapid tranquilisation in inpatient settings. The talk was based on work conducted jointly with Peter … Continue reading February Update
Nicola, Kathryn and John are excited to be working in partnership with Doug MacInnes at Canterbury and Christchurch University and Cheryl Watkinson at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) to understand the best ways to involve and recruit informal carers in mental health research. We're doing this because we know that, in … Continue reading World Café: What do carers want from mental health research?
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
In the month that we launch our new website we’ve been busy. The start of the month saw Liz Hughes publish a joint position paper with other members of Mental Health Nurse Academics UK and people with lived experience: “Seeing Red” raises the issue of period dignity in inpatient mental health settings. Liz engaged in … Continue reading January 2019 – Welcome!