Exploring the workplace well-being of staff at a new integrated community mental health service for children and young people

Parry, Sarah and Eve, Zarah and Brockway, Alice and Stamou, Vasileios and Di Basilio, Daniela (2023) Exploring the workplace well-being of staff at a new integrated community mental health service for children and young people. Mental Health Practice, 26 (5). ISSN 1465-8720

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Abstract

Background There is a lack of research into the workplace well-being of community mental health professionals. Given children and young people’s increasing needs for mental health support in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, it is timely to explore the workplace well-being of community mental health teams. Aim To explore the workplace well-being of staff working in a new integrated community mental health service for children and young people. Method Eleven mental health professionals from a range of disciplines took part in the study. The 11 participants completed an online questionnaire and the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) scale, which measures levels of compassion satisfaction, burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Three of them also took part in an individual semi-structured interview. Findings Participants felt hopeful and optimistic about the future of the service, felt supported by managers and peers, and wanted to enhance their skills to meet children and young people’s increasingly complex needs within the constraints of a service offering brief interventions. Participants displayed high levels of compassion satisfaction, low levels of burnout and particularly low levels of secondary traumatic stress. Conclusion Emotionally supportive leadership, a culture of continuous learning and peer support may reduce the uncertainty felt by community mental health staff about a new service and create optimism about the future, which may in turn contribute to workplace well-being.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Mental Health Practice
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?? burnoutcommunity carecommunity servicesmental healthnurses’ well-beingprofessionalprofessional issuesstaff welfareworkforce developmentno - not funded ??
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201245
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Deposited On:
22 Aug 2023 13:10
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Yes
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Published
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15 Jun 2024 00:31