Staff perceptions of organization change of treatment delivery on an addiction unit

Authors

  • Clive G Long BA MSc Dip Crim Dip Clin Psychol CPsychol AFBPs,

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    1. Consultant Psychologist, Thomas Prichard Addiction Unit and Head of Psychology, St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, England
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  • Martin Williams BSc,

    1. Research Psychologist, Thomas Prichard Addiction Unit, St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, England
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  • Clive R Hollin PhD CPsychol FBPsS

    1. Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham and Director of Rehabilitation, Glenthorne Centre, Youth Treatment Service, Birmingham, England
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  • Staff perceptions of organization change

Clive G Long, Consultant Psychologist, Head of Psychology, St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton NN1 5DG, England

Abstract

The Work Environment Scale was used to assess staff perceptions of a change in a treatment programme for problem drinkers A more cost-effective 2-week research-based day-patient programme, which included the concept of matching, replaced a 5-week cognitive behavioural in-patient programme The maintenance of a positive work environment was attributed to the meeting of staff expectations, a cognitive behavioural ideology, and the establishment of a research culture The study highlights the importance of the thorough preparation of staff for change, and their active involvement in the processin settings where work satisfaction is already above the average level for mental health facilities

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