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A study of occupational therapists' perceptions of clinical governance

Wilks, Lisa J. and Boniface, Gail 2004. A study of occupational therapists' perceptions of clinical governance. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 11 (10) , pp. 455-461.

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Action research methodology was used in this study to establish an understanding of the perceptions of occupational therapists regarding clinical governance and continuing professional development (CPD). This cyclical problem-solving process enabled an in-depth study, facilitated by a senior occupational therapist with eight occupational therapists as coparticipants. All participants worked in mental health services for a large NHS trust in South Wales. The aims were to identify participants’ understanding of clinical governance and its link with CPD and to identify if obstacles existed in preventing implementation of clinical governance and CPD; and if obstacles did exist, how they might be overcome. Participants showed that they had a good understanding of clinical governance and its relationship to CPD, but identified a number of constraints preventing their engagement in CPD activities. These included time and resources, management and leadership styles, interprofessional working, personal feelings and the need for cultural change. They also identified reflection as a key component of CPD activities, but had concerns about reflection, including when and how to reflect, whom to share reflection with and how it could be made evident. Because of the practical nature of action research, some changes were made to enable implementation of CPD activities and there was evidence of a shift in participants’ understanding of the issues, which engendered a positive learning experience through the research process.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 1741-1645
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 02:33

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