People on inpatient psychiatric wards often report feeling bored, and say that theywould like access to therapy groups on the ward to help aid their recovery. However,there are many challenges to providing groups on wards, including lack of staff with the requisite time and expertise. This paper describes how a therapy group programme was designed and implemented on a psychiatric triage ward. The group programme was psychology-led, with involvement from the nursing team as co-facilitators. Challenges and opportunities arising from this approach are discussed, with some suggestions for areas of research and practice warranting further exploration.
- INPATIENTS, Psychiatric hospital, Group therapy, Crisis care, clinical psychology, Psychiatric Nursing