Vocation, vocation, vocation: spirituality for professionals in mental health services

Madeleine Parkes (Spirituality Research Programme, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK)
Katja Milner (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, UK)
Peter Gilbert (Staffordshire University)

International Journal of Leadership in Public Services

ISSN: 1747-9886

Publication date: 13 September 2010

Abstract

People go into employment for a range of reasons. One of those is usually to find a sense of meaning, as humans are meaning‐seeking animals.In the public sector there is even more likelihood of some kind of ‘calling’. This may not be a religious call, or even an overtly spiritual one, but there will usually be some sense in which the role and the individual reach out to one another.In a time of recession and strain on public finances and services, leaders need to work in a way that appeals to the spirit, the vocation in each person and the team.

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Parkes, M., Milner, K. and Gilbert, P. (2010), "Vocation, vocation, vocation: spirituality for professionals in mental health services", International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 14-25. https://doi.org/10.5042/ijlps.2010.0513

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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