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Staff perspectives on obesity within a Welsh secure psychiatric inpatient setting

Joseph Lloyd Davies (Department of Applied Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)
Ruth Bagshaw (Integrated Autism Service, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Carmarthen, UK)
Andrew Watt (Department of Applied Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)
Paul Hewlett (Department of Applied Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)
Heidi Seage (Department of Applied Psychology, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 8 August 2022

Issue publication date: 2 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to understand the perceived causes and consequences of weight gain within a secure psychiatric inpatient service in South Wales.

Design/methodology/approach

A purposive sample of 12 staff members were interviewed. These interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis.

Findings

Three themes were identified, these were increasing demand for integrated physical health care, unhealthy lifestyles and weight gain viewed as a symptom of poor mental health.

Originality/value

It is a unique insight into the factors that contribute to obesity in a Welsh secure unit and adds to current understanding of the challenges of improving weight management services within this sector.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully thank the staff members included in this study for their insights into secure inpatient physical health. This research received funding from a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS 2).

Citation

Davies, J.L., Bagshaw, R., Watt, A., Hewlett, P. and Seage, H. (2023), "Staff perspectives on obesity within a Welsh secure psychiatric inpatient setting", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 44-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-06-2022-0050

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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