Pathways through low secure services in Yorkshire and Humber for people given a diagnosis of personality disorder: an exploration of service users’ experience
Emergence is pleased to announce a programme of research based in Yorkshire and the Humber, funded by Yorks & Humber Specialist Commissioning Group.
Within the Yorkshire and Humber, the region commissioners have noted that there has been a significant increase in the number of people with a diagnosis of personality disorder admitted into low secure services. Many of these individuals are initially admitted in acute wards and are then moved on to low secure services, where they often stay for a considerable length of time.
There has been no previous research into the qualitative experience of service users with a diagnosis of personality disorder in or transitioning through low secure services in these localities. There has also been an identified lack of research in secure forensic services in general as no studies have been conducted on the experiences of those moving from or entering into low secure forensic services. Previous work has recognised a need to create models of care that address some of the difficulties faced by service users in these settings.
- To explore the experience of service users with a diagnosis of personality disorder detained in low secure services in the Yorkshire and Humber Region; specifically focusing on the lived experience of those services from the perspective of service users
- To explore individuals’ (given a diagnosis of personality disorder within the Yorkshire and Humber region) experience of pathways through low secure services. Exploring:
- how service users experience low secure services
- identifying positive and negative elements of treatment
- what has led people into secure provision rather than any other type of hospital
- what support is needed to help individuals move out of hospital
Findings from this research will be used to help develop a set of standards for the planning and operation of low secure services for those with a diagnosis of personality disorder.
We aim to generate a total of 22 participants to take part in either qualitative interviews or focus groups exploring their individual experience of pathways in low secure services within Yorkshire and Humber. Individuals who would like to participate but would not wish to be interviewed or take part in a focus group will be offered the opportunity of providing a written submission detailing their experiences, via questionnaire.