New ways of working in acute inpatient care: a case for change

Baguley, Ian and Alexander, Jane and Middleton, Hugh and Hope, Roslyn (2007) New ways of working in acute inpatient care: a case for change. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice (Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development 1750-0699), 2 (2). pp. 43-52. ISSN 1755-6228

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Abstract

This position paper focuses on the current tensions
and challenges of aligning inpatient care with
innovations in mental health services. It argues that a
cultural shift is required within inpatient services.
Obstacles to change including traditional perceptions
of the role and responsibilities of the psychiatrist are
discussed. The paper urges all staff working in acute
care to reflect on the service that they provide, and
to consider how the adoption of new ways of
working might revolutionise the organisational
culture. This cultural shift offers inpatient staff the
opportunity to fully utilise their expertise. New ways
of working may be perceived as a threat to existing
roles and responsibilities or as an exciting opportunity
for professional development with increased job
satisfaction. Above all, the move to new ways of
working, which is gathering pace throughout the UK,
could offer service users1 a quality of care that meets
their needs and expectations.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This position paper focuses on the current tensions and challenges of aligning inpatient care with innovations in mental health services. It argues that a cultural shift is required within inpatient services. Obstacles to change including traditional perceptions of the role and responsibilities of the psychiatrist are discussed. The paper urges all staff working in acute care to reflect on the service that they provide, and to consider how the adoption of new ways of working might revolutionise the organisational culture. This cultural shift offers inpatient staff the opportunity to fully utilise their expertise. New ways of working may be perceived as a threat to existing roles and responsibilities or as an exciting opportunity for professional development with increased job satisfaction. Above all, the move to new ways of working, which is gathering pace throughout the UK, could offer service users1 a quality of care that meets their needs and expectations.
Keywords:Inpatient care, Nursing
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B771 Critical Care Nursing
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:1476
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:20 Nov 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:27

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