Audit of a Group Programme for Inpatients in an Acute Mental Health Setting

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This article documents an audit of the ward occupational therapy service in the Hartington Wing, an Acute Mental Health Unit in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust. A revised service based on 'open-door' groups aims to make occupational therapy more accessible at the point of admission and more responsive to changing needs, and it drew praise at the unit's last visit from the Mental Health Act Commission.

The findings of the audit demonstrate increased uptake of occupational therapy, with patient contacts almost doubling and the time taken from referral to first patient contact being significantly reduced. The ward nursing staff were positive about the changes but their perception of the occupational therapist's role in ward group programmes remains unclear.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1999

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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