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

Ian Baguley (Centre for Clinical Academic Workforce Innovation (CCAWI), University of Lincoln)
Jane Alexander (Centre for Clinical Academic Workforce Innovation (CCAWI), University of Lincoln)
Hugh Middleton (University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust)
Roslyn Hope (NIMHE National Workforce Programme)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Publication date: 1 September 2007

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.

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Baguley, I., Alexander, J., Middleton, H. and Hope, R. (2007), "New ways of working in acute inpatient care: a case for change", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 43-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/17556228200700013

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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