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Exploring risk and SafeTy with leArning disabilitY clients in forensic Services: an evAluation oF Talking Mats a visual, Electronic, communications tool

Year: 2020

In November we began recruiting participants for the pre-intervention phase of the STAY-SAFE study. We will be working with two wards to recruit 10 learning disability nurses for remote interviews to discuss how the Talking Mats™  resource might be adapted for a forensic setting. We will discuss what aspects of risk and safety staff would […]

We are pleased to announce that the STAY-SAFE study has received a favourable ethical opinion from the Research Ethics Committee! We are now working with colleagues from Talking Mats™ and NHS Fife to develop a symbol set for use in a forensic learning disability setting. Data collection will soon be underway, Sam is applying for […]

In his first three months working on the STAY-SAFE project, Sam has been conducting a review of literature about risk and safety in learning disability forensic settings. Our first step was to develop a search strategy and, with the help of our colleagues from Talking Mats and NHS Fife, identify search terms that would return […]

Dr Siobhan O’Connor and Dr Sam Quinn delivered a cracking poster presentation at the inaugral CDCS Cancelled Conference Conference held virtually via Zoom on 16th June 2020. As conferences around the world have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Centre for Data, Culture & Society provided a platform for digital scholars to share […]

We have been having lots of fun recently doing our Talking Mats training, thankfully all of which can be done online (!! Lois and Nicki set up training profiles for everyone in the STAY SAFE team so we can all log in when it suits us and work through the educational material. Although several of […]

Gosh who would have thought that 2020 would bring a global pandemic in the form our the coronavirus. As we are all still reeling from its impact, we have spent the last few weeks adapting the STAY SAFE study to work in a virtual world. Our wonderful Research Fellow, Dr Sam Quinn, joined us in […]

The STAY SAFE team had a wonderful new addition recently when Dr Samuel Quinn joins the project in April 2020 as a Research Fellow. Sam completed his PhD at the University of the West of Scotland exploring learning disability within the context of dementia. He brings a strong qualitative research background to the STAY SAFE […]

On Friday 6th March, the STAY SAFE study team assembled at Lynebank hospital in NHS Fife to speak to a range of professional staff about the upcoming research study. Some learning disability nurses, healthcare support workers, an occupational therapist, psychologist and consultant psychiatrist came along to hear about the study and give their views and […]

The STAY SAFE study aims to evaluate the “Keeping Safe” Talking Mats tool with learning disability nurses in forensic services in NHS Fife to improve the assessment and treatment of adults with learning disabilities.  Approximately 7% of people in the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom have a learning disability (LD) compared with 2% […]

The STAY SAFE study team is led by Dr Siobhan O’Connor based in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Lois Cameron the Director of Talking Mats, and Nicola Braid a Learning Disability Nurse and Susan Gowland a Speech and Language Therapist from NHS Fife.  


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