Being Person Driven In A Service Driven Organisation: A Grounded Theory Of Revisioning Service Ideals And Client Realities
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Breckenridge, J. (2010) Being Person Driven In A Service Driven Organisation: A Grounded Theory Of Revisioning Service Ideals And Client Realities, no. 310.
This thesis presents a classic grounded theory study of Condition Management Programmes, which form part of the UK Government Initiative Pathways to Work. Condition Management Programmes provide short, work focused interventions to help people claiming incapacity benefits to return to employment. Delivered jointly between Jobcentre Plus and the NHS, or by providers within the private and voluntary sectors, health care practitioners working in Condition Management Programmes are often faced with competing priorities. This thesis has identified practitioners' concern with being person driven in a service driven organisation, and presents the emergent grounded theory of Revisioning Service Ideals and Client Realities which explains conceptually the means through which this concern is continually resolved. Practitioners are conceptualised as 'revisioning' or making thoughtful, situational adaptations to their practice which either deviate from or retreat within service boundaries. By cycling iteratively between deconstructing and reinstating service ideals, practitioners are able to create a reverberating equilibrium between the expectations and realities of practice, negotiating a person driven approach without compromising service structures completely. The theory has been developed using the full complement of classic grounded theory procedures and is based on interviews with 35 practitioners and observations of 26 practitioner-client sessions. Additional informal observations, programme documentation, client case notes and extant literature were also included as data. The theory adds to current Condition Management literature by explaining the differences across and within programmes, highlighting some important considerations for future development and evaluation within welfare to work. Furthermore, the theory of Revisioning Service Ideals and Client Realities, on account of its conceptual nature, also demonstrates relevance outwith its substantive area. Most notably, offering contributions to current research on treatment fidelity, theories of organisations and bureaucracy, and professional and clinical reasoning by offering a conceptual explanation of the behaviour of practitioners in daily practice.