Potential challenges facing distributed leadership in health care: evidence from the UK National Health Service

This article was published in Sociology of Health and Illness. First published online on 20 DEC 2014 and written by Graeme MartinNic BeechRobert MacIntosh and Stacey Bushfield.    DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12171

The discourse of leaderism in health care has been a subject of much academic and practical debate. Recently, distributed leadership (DL) has been adopted as a key strand of policy in the UK National Health Service (NHS).  However, there is some confusion over the meaning of DL and uncertainty over its application to clinical and non-clinical staff. This article examines the potential for DL in the NHS by drawing on qualitative data from three co-located health-care organisations that embraced DL as part of their organisational strategy.

 

Doctors’ and nurses’ views and experience of transferring patients from critical care home to die: A qualitative exploratory study

Authors: Maureen CoombsTracy Long-SutehallAnne-Sophie Darlington and Alison Richardson

Extract from Palliative Medicine

Background: Dying patients would prefer to die at home, and therefore a goal of end-of-life care is to offer choice regarding where patients die. However, whether it is feasible to offer this option to patients within critical care units and whether teams are willing to consider this option has gained limited exploration internationally.
Aim: To examine current experiences of, practices in and views towards transferring patients in critical care settings home to die.