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"Give us something to do”: Reflections on the challenges and opportunities in running a therapy group programme on an inpatient psychiatric triage ward

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Pamela Charlotte Jacobsen, Catherine Clark

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-28
JournalMental Health Practice
Issue number4
Accepted/In press7 Jun 2016
Published9 Dec 2016


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People on inpatient psychiatric wards often report feeling bored, and say that they
would like access to therapy groups on the ward to help aid their recovery. However,
there are many challenges to providing groups on wards, including lack of staff with the requisite time and expertise. This paper describes how a therapy group programme was designed and implemented on a psychiatric triage ward. The group programme was psychology-led, with involvement from the nursing team as co-facilitators. Challenges and opportunities arising from this approach are discussed, with some suggestions for areas of research and practice warranting further exploration.

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