19 September 2016
Pilot book club takes off
"We read to know we're not alone" (William
Ashdown psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Fountain Way
Hospital in Salisbury has hosted a trial book club for service
users which has really taken off.
Life on a PICU ward can sometimes be hectic, but the book club
gives people a safe place to share their ideas, experiences and
feelings through reading, as well as develop communication and
social interaction skills.
Occupational therapist Adenike Adedipe said "I had been running
some group reading sessions on the ward, but joining forces with
our Wiltshire librarian enabled us to take a more evidence based
approach and develop the existing group."
Research was carried out to structure and plan the sessions,
with a selection of materials taken along including short stories,
poems and some picture books designed for adults. The book club
also needed to be flexible as it soon became clear that there was
no such thing as a typical session. There was a really good
response and everyone who attended found something that appealed to
Wiltshire librarian Cathy Marsden said "The book club was proof
of the tremendous power of shared reading and how it can help to
create a connection for people in an acute mental health setting
and I feel privileged to have been part of this."
Service users may find being on a ward and not in a natural
environment challenging. This can cause stress and anxiety, leading
people to isolate themselves further. The shared reading group
increased confidence and self-esteem and brought people together.
Through engaging in this group service users began to give their
personal narratives, identify their interests and explore
Following this success it is hoped that more reading groups will
spring up across the Trust.