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Tracking patients on leave from a secure setting

01 March 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust wanted to improve the safety of patients on leave from a medium secure unit while, at the same time, promoting leave...

Introducing a behavioural family therapy approach in a secure setting

09 October 2015

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Aims To describe the development and the initial results of a behavioural family therapy programme (BFT) in a medium secure environment. Method A pre and post...

The national multidisciplinary psychiatric intensive care group: origins and future plans

01 November 1997

Mental Health Practice


Throughout the history of mental health care, the methods of managing patients who demonstrate disturbed and aggressive behaviour have always been important and...

Staff use of acronyms in electronic care records

01 July 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

The increased use of acronyms and abbreviations by practitioners in mental health services challenges guidance that warns against using unnecessary jargon in...

How to address the physical needs of clients in a mental health setting

24 March 2012

Nursing Management


People with mental health illness, particularly those affected in the long term, experience higher rates of morbidity and mortality than the general population. It...

Developing a patient leave request form for a secure setting

10 February 2015

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

After incidents of absconding and escape from a medium-secure hospital a review was undertaken. As a result the patient leave request form was designed to improve...