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Reflections on introducing a Leavers’ Preparation Group in an intellectual disability secure service

Gareth Hickman (Secure Services, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK)
Nicola Booth (Secure Services, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK)
Thuy Hoang (Secure Services, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK)

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour

ISSN: 2050-8824

Article publication date: 27 July 2018

Issue publication date: 20 August 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on the introduction of a Leavers’ Preparation Group in an Intellectual Disability (ID) Secure Service. In the context of reductions in ID inpatient beds and reductions in restrictive practices, discharge and transfers out of hospital settings are increasing. The current group was established to provide support and preparation for service users as they approach discharge/transfer from hospital. The current paper provides example outcome data and reflects on the experience and learning points in delivering such interventions in secure contexts.

Design/methodology/approach

The Leavers’ Preparation Group is an eight-session preparatory, recovery focussed group intervention focussing on supporting service users as they approach discharge/transfer to lower levels of security. The intervention has a multi-disciplinary approach, focussing on psychosocial aspects of current and future risk reduction.

Findings

Overwhelmingly service users reported that they experienced the group as positive and beneficial. Personal reflections of the authors are offered on service user attitudes to discharge/transfer, the contextual impact of restrictive systems and the benefits of this type of group intervention.

Originality/value

This paper reports on clinical practice, which involves multi-disciplinary intervention, co-production with service users and relevant stakeholders, and provides a description of the group intervention. It also offers critical reflection on tensions in this area of service provision, such as control and choice, freedom and responsibility, limitations and restrictions and power imbalances.

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Citation

Hickman, G., Booth, N. and Hoang, T. (2018), "Reflections on introducing a Leavers’ Preparation Group in an intellectual disability secure service", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 81-90. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIDOB-12-2017-0026

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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