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Work, Health and WellbeingThe Challenges of Managing Health at Work$
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Sarah Vickerstaff, Chris Phillipson, and Ross Wilkie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428080

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.001.0001

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Case study: organisational change and employee health and wellbeing in the NHS

Case study: organisational change and employee health and wellbeing in the NHS

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(p.235) Twelve Case study: organisational change and employee health and wellbeing in the NHS
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Work, Health and Wellbeing
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Julia Gibbs

Wendy Loretto

Tina Kowalski

Stephen Piatt

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428080.003.0012

This chapter examines an often-neglected outcome of organisational-change programmes: the effects they have on employee health and wellbeing. It presents a case study of the organisational restructuring of Reproductive Medicine in a UK National Health Service Trust. Based on in-depth interviews with four maternity-services teams incorporating midwives, clinical support workers and administrators, the chapter examines the various inter-relations between organisational change and health. Interviews were conducted at three points over two years, allowing a detailed investigation of the trajectory of health outcomes during the change process. The ways in which staff reacted to change and also acted to influence change were seen to have powerful impacts on their health.

Keywords:   organisational change, mental health, employee wellbeing, health outcomes

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