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Psychological Formulation Groups for staff

This study aims to evaluate whether Psychological Formulation groups for staff on acute psychiatric inpatient wards can increase the level of psychological understanding in care plans of service users who are formulated within the groups.

Why carry out the research?

Previous evaluations within the Mental Health of Older Adults Clinical Academic Group (MHOA&D CAG) in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) have shown that Psychological Formulation groups are perceived as being useful and are valued by staff. However, the effectiveness of these groups for improving the level of psychological understanding in care plans of service users who are formulated within the groups is currently unknown.

The aims of the study are to: 

1) Examine the impact of Psychological Formulation groups on the level of psychological understanding in the care plans of service users who are formulated within the groups; 

2) Evaluate staff satisfaction with and perceptions of the usefulness of Psychological Formulation groups. 

How is the research being undertaken? 

Psychological Formulation groups for staff on acute psychiatric inpatient wards within MHOA&D in SLaM are being evaluated within a 6-month period. The impact of these groups on the level of psychological understanding in the care plans of service users who are formulated within the groups is being assessed using a tool developed specifically for this study (Psychological Understanding Rating Scale). Care plans of service users who are formulated within the groups are being extracted before and after each formulation group, and then being rated for the level of psychological understanding by four blind, independent outcome assessors. Satisfaction with and perceived usefulness of the Psychological Formulation groups are being evaluated through staff satisfaction questionnaires and focus groups. 

Where is it happening? 

Acute psychiatric inpatient wards within the MHOA&D CAG in SLaM

Who is involved? 

Clinicians based at the Institute of Psychiatry and in the MHOA&D CAG within SLaM, including: 

Dr Rebecca Gould (clinical psychologist), Ms Sam Carter (trainee clinical psychologist), Dr Patrick McGuinness (consultant clinical psychologist), Mr Steve Boddington (consultant clinical psychologist), Ms Jo van den Bosch (consultant psychotherapist) and Professor Robert Howard (Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Psychopathology).

What is the timescale? 

The 6-month evaluation period has ended, and analysis and dissemination of results is currently underway. 

To find out more please contact:- 

Dr Rebecca Gould
rebecca.gould@kcl.ac.uk

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