Journal article

Contemporary women's secure psychiatric services in the United Kingdom: A qualitative analysis of staff views

T Walker, D Edge, J Shaw, H Wilson, L McNair, H Mitchell, K Gutridge, J Senior, M Sutton, R Meacock, K Abel

JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

WHAT IS KNOWN ON THE SUBJECT?: Three pilot UK-only Women's Enhanced Medium Secure Services (WEMSS) was opened in 2007 to support women's movement from high secure care and provide a bespoke, women-only service. Evidence suggests that women's secure services are particularly challenging environments to work in and staffing issues (e.g., high turnover) can cause difficulties in establishing a therapeutic environment. Research in this area has focused on the experiences of service users. Studies which have examined staff views have focused on their feelings towards women in their care and the emotional burden of working in women's secure services. No papers have made a direct comparison between..

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Awarded by National Institute for Health Research


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Department of Health: a clinical, economic and operational evaluation of the pilot Women's Enhanced Medium Secure Services (WEMSS). The views expressed in this paper do not represent those of the funders.