Simulation-based education for the Mental Health Detention Process involving multi-disciplinary teams

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Abstract title: Simulation-based education for the Mental Health Detention Process involving multi-disciplinary teamsAbstract authors & their affiliation: Dr Paul Murphy (Queen’s University Belfast)Prof. Gavin Davidson (Queen’s University Belfast)Prof. Gerry Gormley (Queen’s University Belfast)Dr Dearbhail Lewis (Belfast NHS Trust)Abstract presenter: Dr Paul MurphyBackground: This presentation will provide an account of developmental work on an integrated model of simulation-based education (SBE) for the Mental Health Detention process. The work was conducted by staff at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in conjunction with staff in hospitals in Belfast who are interested in various aspects of simulation research as it pertains to healthcare and social care. Staff in the fields of Drama, Medicine, Psychiatry and Social Work designed and delivered a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) training event focused on the assessment for detention process under the Mental Health (NI) Order 1986, where the role of the patient/service user was performed by actors. The presentation will provide video material and accompanying analysis of the MDT training event.Summary of work:Teams of healthcare professionals (HCPs) involving a combination of GPs and Social Workers engaged in five, parallel, case-based mental health detention scenarios. The role of the patient/service user was performed by final year Drama students in the Brian Friel Centre at QUB. The simulated scenarios were followed by a debriefing process involving an MDT Schwartz round facilitated by a consultant liaison psychiatrist. Summary of results: HCPs expressed unanimously positive endorsement of the SBE event, highlighting the authenticity of the portrayal of patients/service users by the Drama students.Discussion and conclusions: The MDT training event represents a pioneering form of SBE involving interprofessional collaboration and transdisciplinary research across the arts, healthcare, and social sciences. The findings of these SBE events provide the foundations for an integrated model to train HCPs in the implementation of mental health detention.Take-home messages: Person-centred SBE involving MDTs can provide an authentic, high fidelity learning experience
Period13 Sep 2020
Event titleMBRU SIMCONNECT 2020
Event typeConference
LocationAbu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • simulation-based education
  • mental health assessment
  • multi-disciplinary teams
  • interdisciplinary research