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New Ways of Working in Acute Care: A Case for Change

Baguley, Ian; Alexander, Jane; Middleton, Hugh; Hope, Roslyn

Authors

Ian Baguley ibaguley@lincoln.ac.uk

Jane Alexander

Hugh Middleton hugh.middleton@nottingham.ac.uk

Roslyn Hope



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 users a quality of care that meets their needs and expectations.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2007
Journal Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Print ISSN 1755-6228
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
APA6 Citation Baguley, I., Alexander, J., Middleton, H., & Hope, R. (2007). New Ways of Working in Acute Care: A Case for Change. Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 2,
Keywords acute inpatient unit; service user expectations;
workplace culture; whole system working; NWW for
psychiatrists; multidisciplinary team responsibilities
Publisher URL http://www.pavpub.com/pavpub/journals/JMHWD/index.asp
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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