A healthy community living skills group in a high security hospital
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A healthy community living skills group in a high security hospital

Alex Maguire Senior music therapist, Arts Therapies Service, Broadmoor Hospital, Berkshire
Christian Robertson Senior occupational therapist, Arts Therapies Service, Broadmoor Hospital, Berkshire

Alex Maguire and Christian Robertson describe the success of a forum for patients set up at Broadmoor Hospital

This article discusses the setting up and running of a healthy community living skills group for assertive rehabilitation patients in a high security hospital with reference to the Commissioning of Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) target. The broad aims of the group are presented and how the patient body has adapted and modified these to suit their particular needs. The ‘past-present-future’ framework is discussed, as well as the development of a tolerant listening space where both sameness and difference can be tolerated and autonomy can be preserved in the context of healthy attachment.

Mental Health Practice. 19, 1,24-27. doi: 10.7748/mhp.19.1.24.e993

Correspondence

h.l.atherton@leeds.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 24 April 2014

Accepted: 20 November 2014