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Experiences of Mental Health In-patient Care: Narratives From Service Users, Carers and Professionals (The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis Book Series) Paperback – 22 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (22 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415410827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415410823
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"On every page of the book I found in the accounts of users, carers and professionals gems that encapsulated so much of my own differing encounters with psychiatric in-patient care." Rachel Perkins – From the Foreword

"So, halleluiah, in this enlightened book we have a bite-sized collection of intelligent, insightful, and absorbing contributions which refreshes the soul... The book not only challenges but informs and inspires...[I] intend to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of its value." Malcolm Rae – from the Foreword

"...a highly illuminating approach and a worthwhile read for anyone seeking an insight into the experience of inpatient care from a variety of perspectives." Clare Allan, The Guardian

"...this splendid book is an excellent resource at many levels." - Psychiatric Bulletin 

"...an excellent, stimulating, useful and welcome book." - Mental Health Practice

"This book is likely to become a classic critique of in-patient treatment. Read it; do not despair; race straight to www.starwards.org.uk to find inspiring examples of what many acute wards are managing to achieve, despite the challenges so vividly described in this valuable book." - Marion Janner, Mental Health Today, November 2007

"This is a thought-provoking and challenging publication that poses many questions about how service improvement might occur - essential reading for anyone working in mental health, particuarly students." - Anne Gilbert, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Supervisor, Therapy Today, October 2007

"I would recommend this book for every mental health department because it is a valuable resource." - Pam Schofield, Senior Occupational Therapist, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2008, 71(3)

"... this is an essential read for anyone starting work in in-patient settings, but just as valuable for experienced staff to help them remain mindful of their own feelings and reactions in these complex environments, as well as those of service users and carers." - Jonna Siitarinen, Clinical Psychology Forum, October 2008 

"This collection of personal accounts brings the experience alive for those involved in inpatient psychiatry. As such it is a valuable resource for mental health professionals, patients, and patients' families." - William M. Regan, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Vol. 70, No. 3, March 2009

About the Author

Mark Hardcastle is a consultant nurse with Sussex Partnership (NHS) Trust and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Brighton.

David Kennard is a clinical psychologist and group analyst, formerly Head of Psychology at The Retreat, York, and is Chair of ISPS UK.

Sheila Grandison is the Head of Arts Therapies at East London and The City Mental Health NHS Trust.

Leonard Fagin retired in 2006 as an NHS consultant psychiatrist and Clinical Director at North East London Mental Health NHS Trust and is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. A. Klein on 6 Jun 2010
Format: Paperback
As I turned the pages of this book, I found myself thinking two contradictory thoughts: `but that's awful' and `so, what else is new?' It leaves a bad taste in the mouth firstly of because it is a unique book, and secondly that it in the twenty-first century it still needs to be written.
I first set foot in a psychiatric hospital 35 years ago. Like many of the authors I found it a bewildering experience. However, the one thing I knew was that I was sane. We all drank our coffee from NHS cups, stamped on the bottom with the year of manufacture. I made a mistake on my second or third day and was put right immediately: Sane people used yellow cups and mad people used pink cups. This symbolic affirmation of the differentness, otherness of patients echoes throughout the accounts of both staff and service users in this book.

The pain, loneliness, loss, fear, and confusion described by service users seems unbearable for them and those around them. When people are admitted to hospital they bring their pain with them, and those providing care are faced with the challenge of its proximity on a daily basis. Many years ago, at a high secure hospital I watched while a patient prepared to leave the next day. A weary nursed turned to me and said `Bastard. He's only done six years; I've got another eight to do.' The pain of patients in high secure hospitals runs very deep. For a staff member truly to accept the distress of other human beings day in, day out, is more than most of us could bear. So, all those involved create structures, rules, and defences for their protection. This book provides an excellent description of these protective devices and the effect they have on all those who meet on an in-patient unit.
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