Pop-up events

Our research team at Surrey Coalition of Disabled People are currently working on a project looking at admissions to and discharges from mental health hospitals. If you would like to find out a bit more about the project and a bit more about the research team, please check out our other blog posts and our vlogs at imhnsurrey.com, under the blog section. Our survey is now closed, and in this blog, you can find out what the research team have been up to since then.

Recently, Alex and Kirsty have been working with the project supervisor, Dr. Dawn Benson, on developing their analysis of the data they have been collecting. They are using The Safety Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety approach, otherwise known as SEIPS. SEIPS is a framework for understanding outcomes with complex socio-technical systems. Within the current project, this means looking at different factors involved in admission and discharge, and how they interact to produce certain outcomes. The SEIPS approach focusses on 6 areas: the person, tools and technology, tasks, organisation, the internal environment, and external factors. The research team will be identifying those areas within their data by transcribing and coding the interviews they have conducted.

You might be wondering: what is the data made up of? Well, Alex and Kirsty have been busy over the last month visiting mental health hospitals and supported housing to interview mental health workers, service users, and carers about their experiences of admission and discharge. They have held pop-up days- which included free coffee and doughnuts- where people could chat with them, complete a survey, or have an interview.

They have been able to engage with a variety of people in the community, including those with learning disabilities and multiple conditions. In addition to this, they have conducted interviews online and over the telephone which has facilitated engagement with people who may have otherwise struggled to engage with the project, and people from different sectors. For example, they have spoken to the police about their role in admissions, and with organisations which go into hospitals to visit young people and provide activities for them. The information which all of these groups have been able to share has been invaluable, and the research team are extremely appreciative of their participation. Over the next month, the team will continue to work on their analysis of the data with the aim of sharing their findings by the end of October.

Thank you for staying updated with the project, and for taking part in the research if you were able to and if you chose to do so. Please remember, you can continue to stay updated by visiting imhnsurrey.com, and find updates under the blog section.