The enforced use of cameras in patients’ bedrooms may not reduce the incidence of self-harm


John Baker looks at a recent study of the Oxevision system, which claims that their ‘vision-based patient monitoring’ reduces self-harm on acute mental health wards.

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From subject to cause: can patients’ circumstances predict the use of coercion in psychiatric hospital admissions?


Nima Cas Hunt explores a recent research study carried out at a mental health hospital in Switzerland, which tries to predict coercion during the course of psychiatric hospitalisations.

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Care pathway approach in a learning disability inpatient service

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Learning disability in-patient services have come under some scrutiny in recent times.

Here, Tom Crossland looks at an evaluation of the introduction of a care pathway approach in an inpatient service

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Census analysis shows numbers of people with learning disabilities in in-patient beds falling from 2010-13

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Following the uncovering of abuse at Winterbourne View by the BBC’s Panorama team, the Government committed to a programme of action to address what were recognised as system wide failures in the care and support of adults with learning disabilities described as having complex challenging behaviours. (Transforming Care) The Transforming Care document set out a [read the full story…]

Exploration of views of resident in-patients with learning disabilities identifies key themes


Background Offering choice to patients is at the heart of the NHS, supported by a set of legal rights (see the Choice Framework) and patient led assessments of care environments have been introduced  (PLACE) applying to hospitals, hospices and day treatment centres providing NHS funded care. At present this covers only care environments, not clinical care [read the full story…]

Gender & personality disorder predictive of outcome of specialist inpatient treatment in people with mild learning disabilities

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This study explored which client characteristics might be related to outcome during inpatient treatment. The study looked at 87 people with mild learning disabilities who were receiving inpatient treatment for severe behavioural problems and found a decrease in emotional and behavioural problems within a 1-year period of inpatient treatment. The authors found that gender and [read the full story…]