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OBJECTIVE: To compare patterns of clinical activity amongst existing staff in two inner-city community mental health teams before and after their enhancement with extra resources using a new activity schedule containing 11 comprehensive and mutually exclusive practice categories. METHOD: Patterns of clinical activity amongst existing members of two inner-London community mental health teams were compared before and after the addition of extra resources. RESULTS: The amount of time spent in face-to-face contact with patients and carers showed no meaningful change following team enhancement. Patterns of clinical activity amongst team members remained relatively static. CONCLUSION: Adding resources to community mental teams without considering how to target the time released amongst existing staff may reduce their capacity to work more innovatively.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Acta Psychiatr Scand

Publication Date

01/2003

Volume

107

Pages

50 - 53

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Community Mental Health Services, Humans, Medical Staff, Middle Aged, Patient Care Team, Prospective Studies, Random Allocation