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The impact of organisational change on professionals working within a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT): a psychodynamic perspective

Hanley, Bridget, SCOTT, Helen and PRIEST, Helena (2017) The impact of organisational change on professionals working within a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT): a psychodynamic perspective. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 31 (2). pp. 1-19. ISSN 0266-8734

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The aim of this study was to explore the effects of organisational change upon staff working in a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). A grounded theory methodology was employed to analyse data from eight interviews with a range of staff. Analysis identified one core category and five key categories. ‘Corrosion of good work: an ethos in decline’ represents the core category and refers to the staff members’ sense of demoralisation of their professional values and integrity. The first key category, ‘Cultural change’, refers to staff members’ perception of change within the CMHT, with an increased emphasis on regulation, performance management and proceduralisation. Three further key categories were identified: ‘Caring clinicians and uncaring managers’, ‘Confusion regarding professional roles’ and ‘Disconnecting and isolating’. The fifth key ‘Staff departing and increasing risk for clients’, describes the impact of the working culture. These categories and emerging theory were interpreted through a psychodynamic lens, and identified the need for better management practice, support, training and supervision of staff as the foundations of safe practice.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Helena PRIEST
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 12:28
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 13:07
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3151

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