Does extra staff change clinical practice? A prospective study of the impact of extra resources in mental health teams
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2003
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 107, Issue 1, pages 50–53, January 2003
How to Cite
Kent, A., Fiander, M. and Burns, T. (2003), Does extra staff change clinical practice? A prospective study of the impact of extra resources in mental health teams. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 107: 50–53. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2003.02386.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2003
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2003
- Accepted for publication July 24, 2002
- community mental health services;
- time management;
- Delphi technique
Objective: To compare patterns of clinical activity amongst existing staff in two inner-city community mental health teams before and after their enhancement with extra resources using a new activity schedule containing 11 comprehensive and mutually exclusive practice categories.
Method: Patterns of clinical activity amongst existing members of two inner-London community mental health teams were compared before and after the addition of extra resources.
Results: The amount of time spent in face-to-face contact with patients and carers showed no meaningful change following team enhancement. Patterns of clinical activity amongst team members remained relatively static.
Conclusion: Adding resources to community mental teams without considering how to target the time released amongst existing staff may reduce their capacity to work more innovatively.