Decision making, responsibility and accountability in community mental health teams
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Decision making, responsibility and accountability in community mental health teams

Nasur Iqbal Clinical psychologist, North Manchester General Hospital
Madeleine Rees Trainee clinical psychologist, University of Liverpool
Clare Backer Clinical psychologist, Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team in Central Manchester

Nasur Iqbal and colleagues clarify how roles have changed under the new ways of working in the health service

Community mental health teams comprise many professionals who share the common goal of contributing to their clients’ care and their recovery. Sometimes this leads to confusion about who takes the lead in making decisions or has responsibility when there is no consensus of opinion.

Current policies about new ways of working may be contrary to historical or cultural sensitivities. Multidisciplinary teams have collective responsibility to make consensus decisions addressing the whole biopsychosocial perspective of care for the individual service user. Ambiguities about roles should be recognised and resolved by the employing organisation.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 7, 26-28. doi: 10.7748/mhp2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 06 September 2013

Accepted: 01 October 2013

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