To describe the functions of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Risk Reference Panel and characterise the typical referrals presented and outcomes from the panel. A structured thematic analysis was performed on verbatim transcripts of 48 panel sessions.
The 79 codes identified were grouped into 16 subthemes. Four principal themes were identified: two characterising cases brought to the panel (childhood risk factors and current presenting difficulties) and two describing advice given (risk management and wider organisational issues). Quotations are given to illustrate cases presented and advice given by the panel.
The panel provides a valuable source of special expertise in the management of complex and exceptional cases where risk of harm is significant and clinical teams have ongoing concerns. This paper describes a model of peer-working to support staff and may further reduce the risk of harm associated with mental illness.
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