19 September 2016

Pilot book club takes off

Pilots club"We read to know we're not alone" (William Nicholson, Shadowlands)

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 them.

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 meaningful occupations.

Following this success it is hoped that more reading groups will spring up across the Trust.

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