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Exploring the privatisation of geriatric nursing and residential care: An action research project

Connolly, Matthew (2013) Exploring the privatisation of geriatric nursing and residential care: An action research project. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)


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By investigating the experiences of staff and associated groups, this inquiry aimed to establish the foundations of a longitudinal study into the effects of privatisation and the influence of this process within geriatric nursing and residential care. Previous research in this area is purely circumstantial; traceable only to sources of bias, such as rudimentary journalist perspectives and tabloid newspaper articles, all of which focus on individual abuse cases as opposed to the broader institutional context. Accordingly, an extensive review of the literature reveals a distinct lack of inquiry and no empirical data to further validate these assertions. Participants gave their accounts during on-to-one semi-structured interviews, with the subsequent transcripts being analysed using Thematic Content Analysis. A superordinate theme of Interconnectivity was identified, alongside four master themes: Government, Advocacy, Staffing, and Motivation. The findings illustrate that staff dynamics ultimately determine care standards, which are in turn controlled by the level of governance and support provided. Conceptual models were formed in light of these findings and, combined with participant responses, served to develop feasible recommendations of ‘better practice’ for adoption by stakeholders and policy-makers.

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