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A charter for trainers in the prevention and management of workplace violence in mental health settings

Brodie Paterson (Senior Lecturer, based at School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland)
Kevin McKenna (Programme Director Psychiatric Nursing, based at School of Nursing, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland)
Vaughan Bowie (Adjunct Fellow, based at University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 3 June 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a Delphi study of trainers in the prevention and safer management of violence in mental health settings that sought to identify and clarify what represents best practice at a European level.

Design/methodology/approach

A Delphi method was used to garner the views of a sample of 54 trainers involved in the training of managing violence and aggression on a draft charter of best practice.

Findings

A high level of agreement was found with the suggested indicators of best practice but the levels of agreement varied in some key areas and respondents identified a series of omissions from the charter and a number of potential challenges to its implementation.

Research limitations/implications

The sample was restricted to Europe and further research is planned to seek the views of a wider sample.

Practical implications

The charter will provide a reference document for best practice in the interim.

Social implications

Its implementation will require trainers to consciously identify the ethical implications not just of the content of their training buts its overall approach.

Originality/value

The study is presently unique in its focus and context but further research in this area is underway designed to complement this study.

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Citation

Paterson, B., McKenna, K. and Bowie, V. (2014), "A charter for trainers in the prevention and management of workplace violence in mental health settings", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 101-108. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-08-2013-0028

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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