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Title: Staff and service user experiences of forensic mental health services
Author: Baker, Stephanie
ISNI:       0000 0004 6348 9368
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis consists of three chapters. Chapter one is a systematic review of the qualitative literature examining the experiences of clinicians working in mental health services with forensic service users (FSU). Following systematic searches and a process of quality assessment, a total of 14 articles were included and their findings were systematically compared. Staff members experienced both positive and negative emotional responses to their work, there are conflicting aspects to their role and additional challenges within the organisational context. Implications for clinical practice and further research are discussed. Chapter two uses Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to consider the experiences of FSUs diagnosed with Personality Disorder (PD) in Forensic Services and the meaning given to recovery within their accounts. The findings discuss the disempowered position of FSU participants and suggest that feeling safe within relationships in their environment is important for those with this diagnosis. There was evidence in their accounts of attempts to establish new identities but there also appeared to be multiple barriers to this. Chapter three offers a reflective account of the researcher’s experience of carrying out this study. It demonstrates the reflexive strategies used that allowed the competing subjective roles alongside that of ‘researcher’, to be examined and their influence on the research process explored.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RA Public aspects of medicine