Theorising worker–client relations in front‐line service work: Understanding the experience of non‐professionally affiliated workers in UK mental health services

Procter, Stephen, Harrison, Deborah, Pearson, Pauline and Dickinson, Claire (2021) Theorising worker–client relations in front‐line service work: Understanding the experience of non‐professionally affiliated workers in UK mental health services. New Technology, Work And Employment. ISSN 0268-1072 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper contributes to a deeper understanding of front-line service workers’ experience of the worker–client relationship. It is based on a series of in-depth interviews with non-professionally affiliated workers in new front-line roles in UK mental health services. The findings cover three main areas: worker motivation and orientation; the nature of the worker–client relationship; and the role played in the relationship by the structure of work and relationships with colleagues. Evidence is found to support the use of the framework of Korczynski (Sociology, 43, 2009), but the research also suggests ways in which each of the framework's elements might be developed. It is argued that the idea of ‘caring’ is in need of refinement; that worker–client relations should not be seen solely in terms of client sovereignty and that a focus on the technical organisation of work can only go some way towards providing an understanding of the worker experience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: front-line service work, non-professionally affiliated workers, worker-client relations, health services, caring work, service triangle
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 08:56
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 09:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47626

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