Nursing Standard - 'staff transferred out of health service left feeling marooned'
A study by Dr Justin Waring, Associate Professor of Public Services Management and Director of Nottingham's Executive MBA Healthcare, is reported in an article in this week's Nursing Standard.
The research quizzed nurses and other healthcare professionals who were moved from the NHS to work in independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) and suggests this will not be a popular development for a large proportion of the staff affected. The study’s sample was small, but the findings stark.
‘Only a minority saw the move to as a chance to reinvigorate their careers through new roles and relationships,’ the authors found. Many felt insecure and ‘marooned’ in their new workplaces. In addition, there were widespread concerns that the private sector places profit ahead of patient care, with the result that working practices affect professional standards negatively.
Lead investigator Justin Waring said: 'If the private sector is to have more of a role in taking on NHS services then it needs to think about ensuring it is properly managed and not just about low-cost options.'
Full story in the Nursing Standard
Posted on Tuesday 24th May 2011