Health and social care systems around the world are currently engaged in one of the biggest re-organisations in their history. There is no doubt that the changes present huge challenges for all involved, made even more complex by the fact that they are taking place in a climate that is demanding massive costs savings while improving quality and innovation.
Practitioners are increasingly being impacted by the challenges that these changes bring, across the areas of maintaining financial stability, undertaking strong commissioning, maintaining a motivated workforce and managing risk, safety and compliance while delivering a quality service to communities.
The many pressures of delivering care and the rate of organisational change in health and social care environments creates enormous pressure for practitioners. Many practitioners are consistently being tested to their limits, and in some areas staff health and moral is severely impacted. For organisations this creates enormous challenges for staff engagement, absenteeism and retention.