New Ways of Working in UK mental health services: developing distributed responsibility in community mental health teams?

Procter, Stephen, Harrison, Deborah, Pearson, Pauline, Dickinson, Claire and Lombardo, Chiara (2016) New Ways of Working in UK mental health services: developing distributed responsibility in community mental health teams? Journal of Mental Health, 25 (2). pp. 126-130. ISSN 0963-8237

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638237.2015.1078880

Abstract

Background: This paper examines the introduction and operation of a number of support roles in mental health services. This is done in the context of concerns about the effectiveness of CMHTs.

Aims: Three questions are addressed: the degree to which concern for the work of consultant psychiatrists informed the introduction of the new roles; what the reforms implied for the work of the psychiatrist and those in new roles; and the impact of any changes on the operation of CMHTs.

Method: Data were collected as part of a national-level evaluation. The main means of collection was the semi-structured interview.

Results: The study shows: that reform was underpinned by concerns about the workload of psychiatrists; and that while in principle the responsibilities of the psychiatrist were to be distributed across other team members, those in new roles felt themselves to be isolated.

Conclusions: Despite the intentions of policy, the creation of the new roles did little to extend the idea of distributed responsibility in CMHTs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online first 20-10-15.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental health services, community mental health teams, new ways of working, interprofessional working, workforce change, NHS, teams, support workers
Subjects: A300 Clinical Medicine
B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Healthcare
Depositing User: Pauline Pearson
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 11:28
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 10:26
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23966

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