Monitoring adherence to organisational core values in a medium secure hospital
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Monitoring adherence to organisational core values in a medium secure hospital

Kim Liddiard Clinical psychologist, Caswell Clinic, Glanrhyd Hospital Site, Bridgend, Wales
Background

Core values represent a framework of guiding principles that can improve team cohesion and efficiency in an organisation.

Aim

To determine how well a medium secure hospital in South Wales is adhering to its identified core values from the perspectives of staff and patients.

Method

Focus groups were used to uncover areas of good practice in line with the organisation's core values and possible areas for improvement.

Findings

The core values are regularly demonstrated in the organisation with the perceived benefits of enhanced clinical care and strong cohesion among the staff.

Conclusion

Strategies to improve value driven performance include increased staff, collaborative risk assessment and management, and equal training opportunities for staff of all grades, qualified and unqualified. It is hoped that this project may encourage other services to think proactively about their potential core values.

Correspondence kimliddiard@wales.nhs.uk

Mental Health Practice. 21, 1,34-39. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1201

Received: 09 September 2016

Accepted: 13 January 2017

Published in print: 13 September 2017

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict Of Interest

None declared