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COVID-19: What can we learn from shared experiences of social distancing within secure services?

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COVID-19 is an infectious disease that has spread across the globe with a social, economic and psychological impact that will undoubtedly change the world in which we live. Those working in mental health services will have experienced major changes in working practices, including navigating the challenges of infection control, whilst caring for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. There have been a number of publications considering many of the practicalities of the COVID-19 challenges in mental health. However, deeper reflections of philosophical issues regarding our own shared experiences have not yet been well covered in the professional press. This commentary describes some experiences of working within a low secure forensic service at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. It aims to explore some of the key themes arising from this unprecedented situation, proposing areas for reflection and shared learning within the mental health inpatient community.
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Document Type: Commentary

Publication date: September 1, 2020

This article was made available online on June 21, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "COVID-19: What can we learn from shared experiences of social distancing within secure services?".

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  • Published twice a year, the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care is devoted to issues affecting the care and treatment of people with mental disorders who manifest severely disturbed functioning. The journal is international and multidisciplinary. It provides stimulating papers and articles of interest to those who work in or study psychiatric intensive care, low secure services, acute inpatient wards, challenging behaviour environments, emergency psychiatry, or intensive treatments settings in other parts of the wider mental health system. The Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care encourages informed debate and exchange of opinion. Its content includes editorials, original research, brief reports, reviews, conference reports, news and notices, but preference is given to original research of a high scientific quality.
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