10. Acute Mental Healthcare: Transforming Cultures, a Practice Development Approach

  1. Brendan McCormack DPhil (Oxon.), BSc (Hons.) Nursing, PGCEA, RGN, RMN1,
  2. Kim Manley PhD, MN, BA, RGN, Dip N (Lond.), RCNT, PGCEA, CBE2 and
  3. Robert Garbett RN, BN, MSc3
  1. Mary Golden and
  2. Steve Tee

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470698884.ch10

Practice Development in Nursing

Practice Development in Nursing

How to Cite

Golden, M. and Tee, S. (2004) Acute Mental Healthcare: Transforming Cultures, a Practice Development Approach, in Practice Development in Nursing (eds B. McCormack, K. Manley and R. Garbett), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470698884.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Professor of Nursing Research, University of Ulster and Director of Nursing Research and Practice Development, Royal Hospitals Trust, Belfast

  2. 2

    Head of Practice Development, RCN Institute London & Visiting Professor, Bournemouth University

  3. 3

    Research Fellow, University of Ulster and Royal Hospitals Trust, Belfast

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 18 AUG 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405110389

Online ISBN: 9780470698884



  • temporary staff;
  • acute mental healthcare;
  • learning disability;
  • clinicians;
  • service managers


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Background to the project

  • Establishing the project group

  • Approaches to practice development

  • Structuring the project

  • What are we tying to achieve?

  • How can we find out what needs improving?

  • Collective dream

  • The realist

  • The critic

  • The challenges: how will we know that a change is an improvement?

  • Successes: initial evaluations of each development

  • Reflections and lessons learnt

  • References