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Uptake and knowledge of voting rights by adult in-patients during the 2010 UK general election

Authors:
MCINTYRE James, et al
Journal article citation:
Psychiatrist (The), 36(4), April 2012, pp.126-130.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

A total of 152 in-patients resident in Westminster were identified across 12 general adult psychiatric wards in London. A clinician completed survey explored their knowledge about their rights and their attitudes to voting. Of the 84 eligible to vote (55% male, median age 39 years, 50% Caucasian), 38% had voted in the 2005 election. This compares with a turnout of 50.7% in Westminster, 61% nationally. Fifty five of the 84 expressed interested in voting in the 2010 election but only 36 had registered to vote. Overall eligible to vote psychiatric adult in-patients were half as likely to register as the general population and half as likely to vote if registered. Nine out of ten of those unregistered mentioned a lack of knowledge of their eligibility to vote or of the registration process. Long-stay patients were particularly disenfranchised. It seems that, despite a significant proportion of those with mental health problems remaining engaged with politics, many patients and staff are unaware of the new rules giving a greater proportion of in-patients the right to vote and the simplified processes. It is suggested that for future elections timely written information should be provided for both patients and staff. Once registered, patients may need further support to overcome practical and psychological barriers, and cast their vote.

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When one door closes…

Author:
McMILLIAN Ian A.
Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, 10(1), January 2010, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The article contains an interview with Shaun Gravestock, a full-time consultant psychiatrist at the newly opened Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, Kent. This unit caters specifically for people with learning disabilities who need intensive mental health care. It contains 13 beds, 9 funded by local primary care trusts and 4 available to commissioners around the UK. Gravestock argues that mainstream acute mental health units are not the best places for potentially vulnerable people with learning disabilities, as staff may find it difficult to establish rapport, the atmosphere can be volatile, and staff are under pressure to quickly move patients through the system. The Bethlem unit aims to fill this gap for a specialist service for those with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Journal article

Design for living

Authors:
WILDGOOSE Deborah, et al
Journal article citation:
Health Service Journal, 31.03.05 supplement, 2005, p.5.
Publisher:
Emap Healthcare

Provides an overview of key features that make a good mental health hospital. Highlights user and carer involvement, staff involvement, lighting, outdoor spaces, flexible space, reception areas, bedroom layout and artwork.

Journal article

Zero tolerance

Author:
GEORGE Chris
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, March 2005, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Investigates the safety of women admitted to psychiatric units and the extend of mixed sex accommodation still in use. Also briefly reports on the findings of a survey from Mind's Ward Watch campaign. Highlights the need for provide women only services.

Journal article

Meeting NSF standards through partnership

Author:
WIGHTMAN Suzanne
Journal article citation:
Journal of Dementia Care, 13(1), January 2005, pp.8-9.
Publisher:
Hawker

Describes a project to improve care for older people with mental health needs in an acute hospital.

Journal article

All change for Millview

Author:
KENNY Craig
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 19.5.99, 1999, pp.36-37.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Reports on Brighton's new state-of-the-art psychiatric unit, Millview.

Journal article

Benefits in hospital

Author:
GREEN Janet
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Care, 1(12), August 1998, p.417.
Publisher:
Pavilion

Provides a case example of what happens to benefit entitlements when someone is admitted to hospital with mental health problems.

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ABC of mental health: common mental health problems in hospital

Authors:
RAMIREZ Amanda, HOUSE Allan
Journal article citation:
British Medical Journal, 7.6.97, 1997, pp.1679-1681.
Publisher:
British Medical Association

Discusses the three main types of mental health problems of patients attending acute general hospitals. Acute primary psychiatric disorder, including deliberate self harm; psychiatric disorder in patients with physical illness; and psychologically based physical syndromes (somatisation).

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Relation between bed use, social deprivation, and overall bed availability in acute adult psychiatric units, and alternative residential options: a cross sectional survey, one day census data, and staff interviews

Authors:
SHEPHERD G., et al
Journal article citation:
British Medical Journal, 25.01.97, 1997, pp.262-266.
Publisher:
British Medical Association

Examines the relation between bed use, social deprivation, and overall bed availability in acute adult psychiatric units and explores the range of alternative residential options. Results found that bed occupancy was related to social deprivation and total availability of acute beds. However, approximately one quarter of current inpatients were judged not to need continuing admission. The major reasons preventing discharge were lack of suitable accommodation; inadequate domiciliary based hospital support; and lack of long term rehabilitation places. Concludes that shortage of beds is related to both social deprivation and the overall availability of acute beds. Recommends that patients currently inappropriately placed on acute admission wards should be relocated into more suitable accommodation, either in hospital or in the community.

Journal article

Lost and found

Author:
AGNEW Thelma
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 28.8.96, 1996, pp.18-19.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Twenty per cent of missing people have mental health problems and may not know how to find their way home. NHS staff have more opportunity than most to help them. Reports on guidelines suggested by the National Missing Person's Helpline for what nurses should do if they find themselves caring for an unidentified patient.

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