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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: squinn34

The STAY-SAFE team are pleased to announce an online colloquium where will discuss the implications of the STAY-SAFE project. Places are now available for ‘Include Me: Supporting shared decision making in forensic settings’ on Wed, 10 November 2021, 09:30 – 11:30 GMT. This will be an interactive session discussing applications to practice and ideas for […]

Data collection came to an end in July. We would like to thank all of the nurses and patients who helped us with the STAY-SAFE project and took the time to trial Talking Mats in a forensic setting. We are now at the point of data analysis and writing up our findings. All of the […]

Talking mats on Android app

A special thank you to colleagues in NHS Fife who, despite the challenges of the pandemic, have gives us their time to attend training and record their use of Talking Mats™ so that we might learn how to adapt them for use in forensic LD settings. Since February we have been working to start our […]

Over December and January, Sam has been progressing interviews with LD nurses working in a forensic setting. We have been exploring what issues of risk and safety are relevant in the treatment of patients with a learning disability. On 4th February, SLT Susan Gowland delivered the first of two training days to our cohort of […]

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 […]


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