John Baker

John Baker

My job: professor of mental health John Baker

Professor of mental health at University of Leeds, John Baker on why you need to protect yourself emotionally in your career.

Acute inpatient care in the UK. Part 2: managing risk

Clients in acute mental health wards are at risk of weight gain associated with antipsychotic treatment, other adverse effects of medication, trauma associated with seclusion and restraint, and threats or assaults by others. Managing these risks is based on improving physical health, refining medication, reviewing ward culture and reducing incidents of conflict, violence, seclusion and restraint by behavioural interventions. Adequate training is essential, and research into outcomes is urgently needed.

Acute inpatient care in the UK. Part 1: recovery-oriented wards

Service users, staff and carers have long expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of acute mental health inpatient care, particularly with perceived staff inaccessibility and poor environments. Recovery-orientated organisational policies and staff training and practice have been shown to improve the situation. These have centred on integration with other services and collaboration with service users and their families. Whereas on wards, good risk management, therapeutic relationships, meaningful activities, attention to physical health and social inclusion all promote recovery and are cost-effective.

Organizing and managing your research: a practical guide for postgraduates

This is a first edition of a new book designed to help postgraduate students manage and organise their research projects. As a current PhD student and supervisor of undergraduate and postgraduate students, I was intrigued to see what this book could offer.

How expert are the experts? An exploration of the concept of ‘expert’ within Delphi...

The use of the term ‘expert’ occurs widely in healthcare research, in the context of national guidelines and consensus methods for the development of clinical protocols. Within consensus methods of research, especially Delphi panel techniques, the use of ‘experts’ is fundamental to reliability. Yet literature fails to debate the practicalities of defining ‘experts’ for use within Delphi panel research. This paper, by John Baker and colleagues, draws on methodological literature and discusses the concepts and elements of ‘experts’. It concludes with recommendations for researchers to ensure rigor in selecting experts for future Delphi research