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Implementing a Clinical Psychology Inpatient Service: Expected and Actual Benefits

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The aim of this study was to explore the experience of delivering a new inpatient-based clinical psychology service for role holders and team members. This mixed methods study utilised a questionnaire survey distributed to members of acute care teams across the participating NHS trust, as well as diaries completed by inpatient-based clinical psychologists. Findings revealed a number of key themes:

• Lack of shared understanding about the role of inpatient-based psychology team members, with a particular desire from (non- psychologist) inpatient staff for psychology colleagues to spend more time with inpatients.

• Frustration across psychology colleagues in relation to frequent rescheduling of key meetings (formulation meetings) and poor communication.

• Enhanced potential for inpatient-based psychologists to contribute to, and inform, discussions about recovery and could help promote psychological discussions rather than purely risk-based discus- sions about service-user care.

Psychology roles were spread thinly across multiple acute care services and as a consequence the potential of these roles was under- mined.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2014

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  • The Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care aims to disseminate articles and new developments in the following broad areas:
    1) Counselling/psychotherapy and other models of clinical work e.g. art therapy
    2) Evaluation and outcome studies
    3) Politics, policy and debate
    4) Commissioning and purchasing developments
    5) Collaboration between general practice and all forms of psychotherapy work in Primary Care
    6) Student (Trainee Counsellors, Psychological Therapists and General Practice Registrars) experiences.

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