New video to support people admitted to forensic wards
A new video has been developed to help service users, their families, carers and loved ones, understand the patient journey of admission to one of our forensic wards.
The three-minute video was developed following a series of discovery interviews with patients, who have been admitted to a forensics ward at the Trust, and their carers.
Two of the key prompts in the discovery interviews were around experiences of admission and being detained in hospital. These interviews found that the assessment process can feel daunting, and that there is a lot of information to take in at the point of admission.
Following these interviews came the opportunity to develop a short video to share with service users, their families, carers and loved ones about What to expect when you are detained under the Mental Health Act.
The video shows in a clear and simple way what a person can expect when they are admitted to a forensic ward. It shares the example of a journey a person may follow and the type of support, care and treatment they will receive.
Subha Thiyagesh, chief medical officer, said: “Admission to a forensic ward is understandably a difficult and distressing time for our service users, but also their families, carers and loved ones. I would like to say thank you to the people who shared their stories. Because of you we have been able to better understand people’s experiences and create this fantastic video. I hope that the video will help people to better understand what to expect from our forensic wards, and ultimately lead to better patient experience.”
Yvonne French, assistant director legal services, added: “This video is not only a fantastic resource for people who are admitted to a forensic ward but also for their families, carers and loved ones in helping them understand what people may experience from their care and treatment.”
The video is also available in British Sign Language (BSL), Polish, Gujarati, Urdu and Romanian.
You can watch the video on YouTube.