• To learn about some adaptations to practice adopted by a low secure mental health unit during the COVID-19 pandemic
• To be aware of interventions used to enable staff to continue to support patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
• To appreciate that staff’s experience of the adaptations to practice and the well-being support offered to them during the pandemic can be used to inform post-pandemic practice
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic significantly disrupted the work of healthcare professionals in forensic mental health settings, but also prompted them to adopt new ways of working that have benefits and challenges. A low secure mental health unit in the UK adapted its ways of working during the pandemic by providing staff who could work remotely with the necessary equipment.
The unit also implemented a stepped psychological response, as recommended by The British Psychological Society, to assist its staff to continue to support patients. This article describes the unit’s response to the pandemic and discusses the findings of two evaluations – staff experiences of remote working and of a group relaxation session. The findings could help inform post-pandemic practice in forensic mental health settings.
Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2022.e1633Peer review
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Neyton H, Hagan R, Nagi C (2022) Supporting staff at a low secure mental health setting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2022.e1633Acknowledgement
The authors would like to thank Amy Stingemore, trainee clinical psychologist, Cardiff University, South Wales, for her contribution to the delivery of the relaxation sessions during 2020
Published online: 08 December 2022
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