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Improving the care of patients with mental health problems on acute care physical health wards: Staff perspectives




The Centre for Mental Health Research at the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes Dr Una Foye to discuss their finding on caring for people with mental health problems on acute care physical health wards as part of the research seminar series.


The care of mental health problems and physical healthcare have been, and for the most part remain, two distinct fields with very different approaches to care. This group of vulnerable patients also experience poorer outcomes and higher rates of adverse experiences during medical and surgical interventions than the general population. The aim of this 6 month scoping study is to help us understand ways towards improving the quality of care provided to patients with mental health problems on acute wards as well as informing ways to improve the patient experience and staff experience in this circumstances.

A total of thirty service providers were invited to take part in the qualitative interviews and focus groups conducted during the study. The majority of participants worked on acute wards (n=26, 87%) with a subset of participants who worked for partner mental health services (n=4, 13%). Participants were recruited across a wide range of professions and job levels. Additional secondary data analysis was conducted to inform and map our understanding of care of mental health problems on acute care wards.

This presentation will explore the finding of this scoping work and provide insight into the wider recommendations for improving the care of patients with mental health problems in acute care settings.

About the speaker

Dr Una Foye is a mental health researcher who has worked on national research into the patient experience of patients with mental health problems in both psychiatric and acute care settings. Una has worked with City University, Queen Mary University and Warwick delivering research exploring the patient experience and has recently taken a position at Kings College London to continue mental health research in this area. In addition, Una has a specialist interest in the area of eating disorders having completed her PhD at Ulster University and worked with a variety of organisations in Northern Ireland providing support to young people with anorexia.

A light lunch with refreshments will be provided. Further information and event timings can be found on our website.

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12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 4th March 2019

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom

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0207 040 3410

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