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Acute wards: problems and solutions: Implementing real change in acute in-patient care – more than just bringing in the builders ….

  • Susannah Rix (a1) and Geoff Shepherd (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

To develop an evidence-based approach that supports the improvement of front-line delivery of adult acute in-patient services. Key factors of effective organisational change were identified from the literature. These were adopted as part of an ‘evidence-based service development’ programme. This approach was used by the Health Advisory Service in a project with an NHS Trust in south east England.

Results

Significant progress was made in improving the quality of local acute in-patient services.

Clinical Implications

Further development and evaluation of this approach should be undertaken, since it seems to offer significant opportunities to deliver real improvements in the quality of services.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Acute wards: problems and solutions: Implementing real change in acute in-patient care – more than just bringing in the builders ….

  • Susannah Rix (a1) and Geoff Shepherd (a2)
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