Impact of organisational change for leaders in mental health

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Title: Impact of organisational change for leaders in mental health
Authors: Frawley, TimothyMeehan, AnnabelDe Brún, Aoife
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Date: 31-Oct-2018
Online since: 2019-07-02T06:56:24Z
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of organisational and structural change on the evolution of quality and safety in health organisations, specifically in mental health services. Design/methodology/approach – Data were gathered through semi-structured interviews. In total, 25 executive management team members in both public and private mental health services were interviewed and data were analysed using Burnard’s framework. Findings – Three overarching themes emerged: organisational characteristics, leadership and accountability; sustaining collaboration and engagement with stakeholders; and challenges to and facilitators of quality and safety. Taken together, the findings speak to the disruptive and disorienting impact of on-going organisational change and restructuring on leaders’ ability to focus on, and advance, the quality and safety agenda. Research limitations/implications – Typical with qualitative research of this nature, the potentially limited generalisability of the findings must be acknowledged. Practical implications – There is a need for strategies to implement change that are informed by evidence and theory and informed by decades of research on this topic, rather than introduced ad hoc. Change agents must pair effective change management and implementation science strategies to specific contexts, depending on what is being implemented and ensure appropriate evaluation of organisational change to bolster the evidence base around quality and safety and inform future decision-making. Originality/value – The study explores an identified gap in the literature on the impact of on-going organisational re-structuring and transformation on the evolution of quality and safety in mental health services.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
Journal: Journal of Health Organisation and Management
Volume: 32
Issue: 8
Start page: 980
End page: 1001
Copyright (published version): 2018 Emerald Publishing Limited
Keywords: Mental healthLeadershipGovernanceService qualityChange managementHealth services
DOI: 10.1108/JHOM-08-2018-0220
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Research Collection

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