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Title: It’s the talk: A study of involvement initiatives in secure mental health settings
Author: McKeown, M., Jones, F., Wright, K., Spandler, H., Wright, J., Fletcher, H., Duxbury, J., McVittie, J., Simon (service user co-researcher pseudonym) and Turton, W.
Date Published: 2014
Reference: Health Expectations, DOI: 10.1111/hex.12232 [Epub ahead of print]
Are service users or carers authors: Yes

Abstract: This article reports on a study of involvement initiatives in secure mental health settings in the UK. The involvement initiatives aimed to support individuals in making decisions about their own care, as well as involving service users in developing policy and practice. Users of secure mental health services were involved in the research. The findings suggest that the quality of the communication between staff and service users is the key factor that influences the success of involvement initiatives. For staff the main concern is managing risk. Choosing the right space for discussions to take place is essential, otherwise secure environments can constrain discussion. Service commissioners also play an important role in promoting involvement activity.

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Categories: journal article
service users and carers
researchers
research commissioners
general principles of good practice
lessons from direct experience of involvement
forensic mental health service users
staff in research organisations

Date Entered: 2014/08/19

Date Edited: 2014/08/19

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