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

By Ian Baguley, Jane Alexander, Hugh Middleton and Roslyn Hope

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This position paper focuses on the current tensions\ud and challenges of aligning inpatient care with\ud innovations in mental health services. It argues that a\ud cultural shift is required within inpatient services.\ud Obstacles to change including traditional perceptions\ud of the role and responsibilities of the psychiatrist are\ud discussed. The paper urges all staff working in acute\ud care to reflect on the service that they provide, and\ud to consider how the adoption of new ways of\ud working might revolutionise the organisational\ud culture. This cultural shift offers inpatient staff the\ud opportunity to fully utilise their expertise. New ways\ud of working may be perceived as a threat to existing\ud roles and responsibilities or as an exciting opportunity\ud for professional development with increased job\ud satisfaction. Above all, the move to new ways of\ud working, which is gathering pace throughout the UK,\ud could offer service users1 a quality of care that meets\ud their needs and expectations

Topics: B771 Critical Care Nursing, B760 Mental Health Nursing
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:1476

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