VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) Forensic SIG - 29th April 2021

On 29 April, the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) hosted the Forensic SIG in partenership with St Andrew's Healthcare. 

The day welcomed over 40 delegates to engage in a range of workshops, discussions and presentations. Louise Jeffries (Lead OT) and Will Staniford (Senior OT) presented on the use of the model for people with personality disorder and patients who require the use of restrictive interventions. Workshops were held on assessing acutely psychotic patients, which featured a case study and focus on research.

The event was well-received by those who attended. "I found the discussion very helpful and inspiring," said one attendee. Another added: "It’s been great listening to the discussion and I am definitely learning more about the model and its application."

Recordings from the day will be posted on the website - we will notify you when these are available. 

 

 

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  • Feb 09, 2020 by Tori

    Opportunities for networking

    In terms of ideas for the new website, does anyone have any ideas around creating opportunities for networking - particularly around interacting with clinicians working within a similar field of practice. We have opportunities for those within forensic services through the Special Interest Group (SIG) - however, I am just mindful of clinicians working other areas, or perhaps those working in isolation. 

    How could we create opportunities to interact remotely? 

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

    Tori. 
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  • Mar 25, 2020 by Tori

    Covid-19

     Hi Lou, 
     
    Thank you for creating this discussion. Within the high/medium/low secure hospitals I work in, we have at present ceased all off ward activity and stopped all Section 17 Leave – which I imagine will cause frustration for those who have progressed to lengthy periods of either escorted/unescorted period of leave from the service. We have developed programmes that can be delivered at ward level, whilst still maintaining the principles of social distancing. I think the focus across all services at the moment is supporting the ward staff and maintaining some consistency for the service users.  We have circulated "easy read" documents for service users around information on COVID-19, detailing information on how to keep themselves safe and well, hygiene procedures and information to reduced anxiety. The staff have also distributed resources to promote ideas around self directed activities and visual materials around keeping occupied and engaged in meaningful activity whilst self isolating. In the MSU, the Therapy Staff have developed resources to be used on the wards to support service users in keeping busy and have completed a revised interest checklist document. 

     We have also circulated easy read letters to the patients to notify them of any treatment groups that have had to be postponed to help manage their expectations and reduce anxiety. 

     At the moment, everything seems to be changing frequently and there is a lot of uncertainty. However, it has been positive to see how supportive, creative, flexible and committed staff have been during this time. 
     
    Thanks, 

     Tori 
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