Study update May 2022. We are now in the final stages of data collection. The six mental health wards involved in our study have been fantastically supportive, enabling us to observe ward life and interview service users and staff while the WardSonar intervention is being implemented. We will be able to look at the real-time … Continue reading #WardSonar: a real-time measure of safety for mental health wards.
In February 2020, I, along with 14 other people, arrived in Leeds to join the kick-off meeting for the MH-CREST project. It’s not first time I’ve taken part in a study advisory group, or indeed contributed to research on mental health crisis care, but as the project draws to a close, I’m keen to reflect … Continue reading Co-creating knowledge on mental health crisis services
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?
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
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?