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A8Mental health professionals’ lived experiences of simulated ligature training: a phenomenological study

DOI:10.54531/KYSW4642, Volume: 3, Issue: Supplement 1, Pages: A6-A6
Article Type: Original Research, Article History

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Background and aim:

Ligature and death by hanging represent critical issues in nursing practice that necessitate ongoing vigilance and assessment from healthcare practitioners [1–3]. This study delves into the lived experiences of healthcare professionals participating in a simulated ligature training and management workshop at a London university. The phenomenological research aims to offer an in-depth comprehension of the benefits and challenges associated with employing a simulation-based approach to ligature management training for mental health care professionals.


A purposive sample of 10 healthcare professionals working in in-patient settings were invited to partake in a 2-day simulation-based ligature management workshop. Participants were aged 18 years or older and were able to provide written informed consent. Qualitative data were gathered following the 2-day simulation workshop through audio recordings and verbatim transcriptions, which were subsequently thematically analysed and interpreted by the research team.


Thematic analysis of in-depth interviews unveiled three principal themes: (1) transformative experience, (2) altered perspectives on ligature training, and (3) patient-centred risk management and empowerment. The study offers valuable insights into the lived experiences of healthcare professionals within a simulated learning environment, contributing to a more profound understanding of effective training strategies for handling ligature-related situations in clinical practice.


The findings indicate that simulation-based training can bolster the competence, resilience and preparedness of mental health professionals in managing ligature-related situations. Moreover, involving patients in devising their own risk management plans and delivering individualized care can result in improved patient outcomes and diminished staff burnout. This study sheds light on effective training strategies for mental health professionals in tackling complex and challenging circumstances in mental health care.

Ethics statement:

Authors confirm that all relevant ethical standards for research conduct and dissemination have been met. The submitting author confirms that relevant ethical approval was granted, if applicable.

Mitchell and Hill: A8Mental health professionals’ lived experiences of simulated ligature training: a phenomenological study


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