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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]


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