Division of Occupational Psychology

Public Policy (OPIPP)

Report launch - Implementing Culture Change within the NHS: Contributions from Occupational Psychology

The DOP's Occupational Psychology in Public Policy (OPIPP) working group recently released its report on 'Implementing Culture Change within the NHS: Contributions from Occupational Psychology'. The report uses evidence and expertise from the field of Occupational Psychology to address the question of how successful culture change, as recommended by the Francis Report and subsequent Berwick Review, can be practically achieved within the NHS. A key message underlying the report and its recommendations is that, to facilitate excellent patient care, staff wellbeing and empowerment must be prioritized.
Appropriate work design and support for staff welfare such as Schwartz Centre Rounds are recommended, along with a greater focus on collective leadership and the need to ensure psychological safety of staff members when building a culture of transparency and openness.

The report is available to download below:

Implementing Culture Change within the NHS: Contributions from Occupational Psychology - report

Overview

The DOP is committed to presenting the Occupational Psychology perspective on public policy issues. We believe that Occupational Psychology has a lot to offer: we can provide invaluable evidence-based input to Government and other public policy decision-makers. In order to do this, we have set up Occupational Psychology in Public
Policy (OPIPP).

We aim to support the development and implementation of Government policy through the more effective integration and application of evidence-based OP. 

Our longer-term aspiration is to be recognised as the authoritative voice in matters related to the psychology of people at work & to be sought out by policy makers for our expertise.

The DOP is commited to presenting the Occupational Psychology perspective on public policy issues. We believe that Occupational Psychology has a lot to offer: we can provide invaluable evidence-based input to Government and other public policy decision-makers.

Current activities

The group has coordinated the production of a report on implementing culture change within the NHS in response to the Francis report and Berwick review.  The report is available to dowload at the top of this page.

The report aims to move the debate on from ‘what’ needs to be done to ‘how’ it can be done. Drawing on evidence and expertise from Occupational Psychology, the report will provide suggestions on how the recommendations on culture change detailed within the Francis report and the Berwick review can be implemented in practice.

By contributing a unique Occupational Psychology perspective on a key contemporary issue being prioritised by Government, health sector policy-makers and the media, we hope to increase the influence of Occupational Psychology over the public policy-making process.

Seven authors contributed chapters to the report, each addressing a number of key themes related to the core dimensions of NHS culture change. Initial chapters will be focused on leadership and management, exploring how the best hospital leaders can be recruited and how they can be supported to manage teams effectively. Subsequent chapters will examine how to empower staff and enhance their wellbeing to ensure compassionate, patient-centred care. The final section will reflect on the key requirements to systematically and sustainably embed culture change in the NHS.

OPIPP are now looking into activities for 2015.

Working group membership

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The group is convened by Christine Hamilton.