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The Risk Reference Panel: a thematic analysis of a multidisciplinary forum for complex cases

  • Alec Thomas (a1), Ian Evans (a2) and Gaynor Jones (a1)

Abstract

Aims and method

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.

Results

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.

Clinical implications

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.

Declaration of interest

None.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is unaltered and is properly cited. The written permission of Cambridge University Press must be obtained for commercial re-use or in order to create a derivative work.

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Correspondence to Alec Thomas (alecthomas@doctors.org.uk)

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The Risk Reference Panel: a thematic analysis of a multidisciplinary forum for complex cases

  • Alec Thomas (a1), Ian Evans (a2) and Gaynor Jones (a1)
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