Rob Allison

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Rob is a lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. He has clinical experience in a variety of clinical settings with people experiencing a wide range of mental health problems, particularly working with people and families who experience psychosis. He trained as a mental health nurse in Newcastle upon Tyne and joined the Department in 2008 as a mental health lecturer. Rob is interested in alternative approaches to supporting mental health problems. In collaboration with colleagues and people with lived experience, he previously established and co-facilitated a ‘Thinking about Medication’ group to support people wishing to take more control, reduce or stop their prescribed psychiatric medication. Currently he is undertaking a part-time PhD, which will explore coercion in voice hearing.

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Reducing physical restraint: suggestions from patients and staff

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Rob Allison explores a recent qualitative study of mental health inpatients’ and staff members’ suggestions for reducing physical restraint.

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The impact of physical restraint on people in mental health settings

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Rob Allison considers the findings of a recent integrative review that explores the physical and psychological harm inherent in using restraint in mental health inpatient settings.

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Power to the people: practitioners, patients and power

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Rob Allison explores a recent qualitative study of dependence and resistance in community mental health care, which looks at negotiations of user participation between mental health staff and service users.

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Does cannabis influence depression?

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Rob Allison and Ian Hamilton summarise a recent retrospective twin cohort study that explores the links between cannabis use and depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

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