Exploring service users’ experience of community meetings in a high secure service

Mayes, Danielle, Ramsden, Sarah Victoria, Braham, Louise, Whitaker, Zoe and Norburn, Mark (2016) Exploring service users’ experience of community meetings in a high secure service. Mental Health Review Journal, 21 (3). pp. 200-212. ISSN 1361-9322

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to explore service users’ experience of community meetings (CMs) within a high secure setting.

Design/methodology/approach
A qualitative design was employed in which focus groups were used to capture service users’ experience of CMs. In all, 12 focus groups comprising a total of 27 participants were carried out using a semi-structured interview schedule. Data were analysed using thematic and saliency analysis, identifying themes which were pertinent to the research aims.

Findings
Positive experiences reported by service users included a safe space to explore ward issues and develop skills, with some viewing the meeting as a therapeutic forum in which to facilitate personal growth.

Research limitations/implications
There were a wide range of patient presentations and views. Furthermore, only 20 per cent of the patient population were included within this study.

Practical implications
A number of recommendations have been identified that can have positive implications for patients (quality of life and recovery), staff (resolving conflicts and problem-solving) and the overall therapeutic milieu of the ward.

Originality/value
There are no reviews looking at CMs within the last decade. This paper brings the understanding up to date to allow the development of this potentially positive tool.

Keywords:Service-user, Forensic, Community meetings, High-secure, NotOAChecked
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:11 Aug 2017 12:53

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