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dc.contributor.authorMartin, Graham
dc.contributor.authorChew, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, Imelda
dc.contributor.authorDawson, Jeremy
dc.contributor.authorDixon-Woods, Mary
dc.date.accessioned2022-04-01T23:30:06Z
dc.date.available2022-04-01T23:30:06Z
dc.identifier.issn1355-8196
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/335686
dc.description.abstractObjectives: The National Health Service (NHS) in England has introduced a range of policy measures aimed at fostering greater openness about quality and safety. In this article, we draw on the findings of an evaluation of the implementation of these policies in NHS organisations, with the aim of identifying key implications for policy and practice. Methods: Mixed-methods policy evaluation comprising four sub-studies: longitudinal analysis of data from surveys of NHS staff and service users; interviews with senior stakeholders in NHS provider organisations and the wider system; survey of board members of NHS provider organisations; organisational case studies across acute, community and mental health, and ambulance services. Results: Findings from across the sub-studies indicate a mixed picture of progress towards improving openness in NHS organisations, influenced by organisational history and memories of past efforts, and complicated by organisational heterogeneity. We identify four features that appear to be necessary conditions for sustained progress in improving openness. Authentic integration into organisational mission is crucial in making openness a day-to-day concern. Functional and effective administrative systems are vital, but must be leavened by flexibility and sensitivity in implementation. A spirit of continuous inquiry, learning and improvement avoids the fallacy that advancing openness can be reduced to a time-limited project. We also identify four persistent challenges in consolidating and sustaining improvement: reliance on good will and discretionary effort; caring for staff, patients and relatives who seek openness; the limits of values-driven approaches on their own; and the continued marginality of patients, carers and families. Conclusions: Variation in policy implementation offers important learning for improving how organisations can deliver obligations to openness, transparency and candour, highlighting practical actions for policymakers, managers and senior clinicians.
dc.description.sponsorshipNIHR
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
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dc.titleEncouraging openness in healthcare: policy and practice implications of a mixed-methods study in the English NHS
dc.typeArticle
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Public Health And Primary Care, This Institute
dc.date.updated2022-03-18T08:47:42Z
prism.publicationNameJournal of Health Services Research and Policy
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.83122
dcterms.dateAccepted2022-03-16
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dc.contributor.orcidDixon-Woods, Mary [0000-0002-5915-0041]
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
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cam.depositDate2022-03-18
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