Exploration of “Talking Groups” within a medium secure setting [2018]

The purpose of this paper is to explore patient and staff views of a new intervention “Talking Groups” within a medium secure setting.

Seven patients and eight members of staff who had attended Talking Groups in the medium secure wards participated in semi-structured interviews. Interviews were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis.

The analysis revealed four key themes related to the aims, content and perceived benefits of Talking Groups: information; relationship building; engagement and patient involvement in developing activities/interventions.

Practical implications
If Talking Groups are extended to other wards in the medium secure unit, information sessions should continue as part of the groups, as these were valued by patients and provided useful information about transition, human rights and medication.

The findings suggest that Talking Groups have benefits for patients and staff within this medium secure setting. Findings from this evaluation can be used to inform the development of Talking Groups across different wards in this unit.

Heather Tolland, Heather Laithwaite

Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 20 Issue: 4, 2018