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ERIC Number: ED463399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 151
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-901697-64-9
Teamworking in Mental Health: Zones of Comfort and Challenge. Researching Professional Education Research Report Series.
Stark, Sheila; Stronach, Ian; Warne, Tony; Skidmore, David; Cotton, Angela; Montgomery, Mark
A study evaluated the effectiveness of educational preparation for mental health nursing in multi-professional, multi-agency team environments in a range of mental health settings in England. The following data collection activities were conducted: an extensive literature review; local focus groups with mental health service users, care providers, nurses and managers, multi-professional team members, tutors, and students; a national survey administered to 800 mental health care service users, providers, and students; case studies of 8 sites across England; and a national survey of 400 individuals to obtain feedback on findings obtained during earlier phases of the study. The following were among the 23 recommendations emerging from the study: (1) because teamwork is more effectively "caught" than "taught," provide students with longer clinical placements earlier in their preregistration programs; (2) place more emphasis on team-building skills; (3) promote more collaborative patterns of teamwork, both in clinical and educational settings; (4) combine teamwork-focused case studies, educational vignettes, and assignments with technical nursing issues and user perspectives; (5) give more consideration to the affective nature of nurses' work, both in terms of stress and in terms of vocational commitment; and (6) give ex-mental health service users greater input in policy, practice, and educational contexts. (Contains 297 references.) (MN)
English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, Publications Department, Victory House, 170 Tottenham Court Road, London W1P OHA, England, United Kingdom. Tel: 0207-391-6314; e-mail:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, London.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)