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|Title:||Evaluation of psychological provision into an acute inpatient unit|
|Author(s):||Gemma Kerfoot, (Based at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK), Zandra Bamford, (Based at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK), Sarah Amelia Jones, (Based at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK)|
|Citation:||Gemma Kerfoot, Zandra Bamford, Sarah Amelia Jones, (2012) "Evaluation of psychological provision into an acute inpatient unit", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 17 Iss: 1, pp.26 - 38|
|Keywords:||Acute mental health, Inpatient, Mental health services, Patient care, Psychology, Service delivery, Service evaluation, United Kingdom, Ward|
|Article type:||General review|
|DOI:||10.1108/13619321211231798 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The aim of this paper is to highlight the challenges in evaluating psychological input into acute wards using more traditional methods; and also to provide an example of how it is possible to evaluate such services capturing outcomes at multiple levels.
Design/methodology/approach – Data were gathered from multiple levels including staff, patients and the wider organisation mainly using self report questionnaires. The paper looks at the impact on satisfaction, service utilisation, development of recovery principles, quality of therapeutic environment and alliance with treatment teams following the introduction of a dedicated psychology team.
Findings – The results show positive trends in patient experiences of the ward environment, alliance with treating teams and staff recovery principles, along with reduced readmission rates and length of stay in hospital. Qualitative data demonstrate the value of the service to both staff and patients.
Research limitations/implications – Much of the data do not meet the criteria for more sophisticated statistical analysis.
Originality/value – The paper provides an example of evaluation of a contemporary model of service delivery for which there is currently a limited evidence base and looks to stimulate current thinking on the practice of mental health service delivery.
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