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The Bridge                                                     Issue 28

Bridging the gap between research and practice

Welcome to this edition of The Bridge which focuses on forensic mental health. Dr Jane Cronin-Davis, who is the deputy director of RCOMH and will be working within the occupation and mental health in forensic and prison services research programme, has edited this bulletin.  In the UK occupational therapists working in forensic mental health have a forum within the College of Occupational Therapists, Specialist Section: Mental Health, which Jane chairs.
Researching the impact of policy on the therapeutic environment of the prison-hospital

Crystal Grass, PhD, Assistant Professor from Dalhousie University, Canada provides a synopsis of her doctoral research in a prison-hospital. 

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Occupational therapy practice with men diagnosed with personality disorder in high and medium secure hospitals

Dr Jane Cronin-Davis, Senior Lecturer from York St John University has summarised her own doctoral research conducted in forensic mental health; and encourages occupational therapists to conduct research and contribute to the evidence-base. 

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Getting involved in research about occupational therapy in forensic settings
Occupational therapists are continually reminded and encouraged to provide an evidence-base for their interventions; and this is certainly the case in forensic mental health.  Personally, it has been a worthwhile privilege to carry out research directly related to occupational therapy in a forensic setting. I am keen to work with occupational therapists in forensic mental health to contribute to the professional knowledge base and demonstrate that occupational therapy has meaning and value to those with whom we work. If anyone wishes to contact me about possible joint research projects, support or supervision, please do so at E:J.CroninDavis@yorksj.ac.uk or T: 01904 876798
Spotlight on research

Two research articles have recently been published which will be very useful additions to the evidence-base for forensic occupational therapy.

O’Connell, M., Farnworth, L. and Hanson, E. (2010). Time Use in Forensic Psychiatry: A Naturalistic Inquiry into Two Forensic Patients in Australia. The International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 9(2), 101-109. 
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Craik, C., Bryant, W., Ryan, A., Barclay, S., Brooke, N., Mason, A, and Russell, P. (2010).  A qualitative study of service user experiences of occupation in forensic mental health. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(5), 339-44. 
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Workshop on dementia research

The National Institute for Health Research is holding a workshop on dementia research on Friday 14th January 2011. The workshop is open to all those from any discipline who are working, or interested in working, in research related to dementia, across the fields of ‘care, cure and cause’, including prevention. For more information and to register for the event, please visit www.profbriefings.co.uk/nihr/dementiaresearcher2011


Building the RCOMH research networks: The SIPPS project survey

RCOMH is conducting ‘An international scoping study to identify people who want to be involved in occupation and mental health research, their publications and their perceptions of future research needs’; the SIPPS project. The project team (Katrina Bannigan, Jill Bradley, Bob Collins, Karen Wells) are collecting data now via an online survey. If you haven’t participated in the survey yet please do so on or before 23rd December 2010.


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