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Case study: organisational change and employee health and wellbeing in the NHS

Julia Gibbs, Wendy Loretto, Tina Kowalski and Stephen Piatt

in Work, Health and Wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428080
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305637 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.003.0012
Case study: organisational change and employee health and wellbeing in the NHS

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This chapter examines an often-neglected outcome of organisational-change programmes: the effects they have on employee health and wellbeing. It presents a case study of the organisational restructuring of Reproductive Medicine in a UK National Health Service Trust. Based on in-depth interviews with four maternity-services teams incorporating midwives, clinical support workers and administrators, the chapter examines the various inter-relations between organisational change and health. Interviews were conducted at three points over two years, allowing a detailed investigation of the trajectory of health outcomes during the change process. The ways in which staff reacted to change and also acted to influence change were seen to have powerful impacts on their health.

Keywords: organisational change; mental health; employee wellbeing; health outcomes

Chapter.  7073 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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