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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

Information day and site visit

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 insights into its feasibility. The practicalities of using Talking Mats with different patients and how their needs could be catered for were discussed, along with training for staff, adapting the Keeping Safe resource and data governance issues with the physical and digital versions of the communications tool.

It was an interesting and lively session and staff were invited to attend an upcoming seminar on the 31st March to help refine the Keeping Safe resource for a forensic setting. Siobhan and Lois were also given a tour of some of the facilities by NHS colleagues, Susan and Nicola, to meet more of the staff and inpatients giving them some useful insights into how Talking Mats could be used in forensic settings.


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