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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

Author: soconno

Dr Siobhan O’Connor is a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. She has a multidisciplinary background with honours BSc Business Information Systems and BSc Nursing, and a PhD in health informatics. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr O'Connor is also a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA and conducts pedagogical research on technology enabled learning such as using social media, podcasts, and mobile apps to support learning among nursing students and practice staff. Her clinical research explores how different technologies can be co-designed, implemented, and used by patients, carers, and nurses to support self-management of long-term chronic illness and promote healthy lifestyles and behaviours. These digital tools include telehealth or telecare systems, mobile health applications (mHealth), online or web-based health services, gaming, and wearable or assisted living devices. Emerging technologies such as virtual reality, avatars, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) are also research areas of interest. Dr O'Connor is an Associate Editor at the International Journal of Older People Nursing, Treasurer of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and a Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholar.

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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