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Preventing work-related stress among staff working in children’s cancer Principal Treatment Centres in the UK: a brief survey of staff support systems and practices.

Beresford, B, Gibson, F, Bayliss, J and Mukherjee, S (2016) Preventing work-related stress among staff working in children’s cancer Principal Treatment Centres in the UK: a brief survey of staff support systems and practices. European Journal of Cancer Care. pp. 1-7.

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Abstract

Growing evidence of the association between health professionals’ well-being and patient and organisational outcomes points to the need for effective staff support. This paper reports a brief survey of the UK’s children’s cancer Principal Treatment Centres (PTCs) regarding staff support systems and practices. A short on-line questionnaire, administered in 2012-2013, collected information about the availability of staff support interventions which seek to prevent work-related stress to different members of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). It was completed by a member of staff with, where required, assistance from colleagues. All PTCs (n=19) participated. Debriefs following a patient death was the most frequently reported staff support practice. Support groups were infrequently mentioned. There was wide variability between PTCs, and between professional groups, regarding the number and type of interventions available. Doctors appear to be least likely to have access to support. A few Centres routinely addressed work-related stress in wider staff management strategies. Two Centres had developed a bespoke intervention. Very few Centres were reported to actively raise awareness of support available from their hospital’s Occupational Health department. A minority of PTCs had expert input regarding staff support from clinical psychology/liaison psychiatry.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Health_Care
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Beresford, BUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gibson, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bayliss, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mukherjee, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Uncontrolled Keywords : children’s cancer, preventive staff support, workforce, staff-wellbeing
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 May 2016 17:54
Last Modified : 13 Jul 2016 12:19
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810663

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