Trusting on the edge: implications for policy

Patrick Brown and Michael Calnan

in Trusting on the edge

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428899
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307556 | DOI:
Trusting on the edge: implications for policy

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Trusting on the edge: implications for policy Chapter Six draws together a number of the key themes emerging within the book and considers these, and the value of trust, as a principle for policymaking – at local and macro-policy levels. Mental health policy has oscillated over many years between facilitating the meeting of need through a more medicalised focus and recurring preoccupations with proceduralism – not least those around risk. It is argued that mental health services organised around a concept of trust may be more effective in satisfying both these concerns. The potential for trust to replace risk as a dominant organising concept for mental health policy is thus explored alongside factors that would seem to limit such a possibility. A number of broader reflections across the themes of the book are also raised.

Keywords: Policy implications; Risk; Trust; Organisations

Chapter.  5600 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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