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Author:
HUXLEY Peter
Journal article citation:
Health Service Journal, 5.6.97, 1997, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Emap Healthcare

Argues that current ways of deciding who is severely mentally ill are flawed. Reports on a project which aims to identify all patients who have severe mental illness.

Book

Social services responses to psychiatric emergencies: summary of the iterim report

Authors:
HUXLEY Peter, KERFOOT Michael
Publisher:
University of Manchester. Department of Psychiatry
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
8p.,diags.
Place of publication:
Manchester

Survey of 82 local authorities in England and Wales summarizing the types of services available.

Book

Mental illness in the community: the pathway to psychiatric care

Authors:
GOLDBERG David, HUXLEY Peter
Publisher:
Tavistock
Publication year:
1980
Pagination:
201p.,tables,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London
Journal article

Stress and pressures in mental health social work: the worker speaks

Authors:
HUXLEY Peter, et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 35(7), October 2005, pp.1063-1079.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Two-thirds of councils with social services responsibilities (CSSRs) took part in a UK survey of mental health social workers. A one in five sample of front line workers was drawn, and 237 respondents completed a questionnaire and diary about their work context and content, and their attitudes to their work, their employer, mental health policy and the place of mental health social work in modernized mental health services. The questions, that called for free-text responses, were completed in detail and at length. This paper reports the results of a qualitative analysis of these responses using NVIVO software. The paper is structured around the themes emerging from the analysis: pressure of work; staffing matters; job satisfaction and well-being; recruitment and retention issues; and being valued. The conclusions are that the social workers value face to face contact with service users, and that their commitment to service users is an important factor in staff retention. The most unsatisfactory aspects of their work context arise from not feeling valued by their employers and wider society, and some of the most satisfactory from the support of colleagues and supervisors. Without attention to these factors, recruitment and retention problems will remain an unresolved issue.

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Psychopathology and quality of life among mentally ill patients in the community - British and US samples compared

Authors:
WARNER Richard, HUXLEY Peter
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 163, October 1993, pp.505-509.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Sixty-nine mentally ill patients in treatment in an intensive community support system in Boulder, Colorado, were evaluated using the same measures of quality of life and psychopathology as were used in assessing mentally ill patients in hospital and community facilities in Manchester. Psychopathology was greater in the Boulder samples, but quality of life scores were no worse for the American patients. The relationship of these findings to systems of care and availability of psychiatric hospital beds is discussed.

Journal article

The development of a General Satisfaction Questionnaire for use in programme evaluation

Authors:
HUXLEY Peter, MOHAMAD Hadi
Journal article citation:
Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 3(1), 1991, pp.63-74.
Publisher:
Whiting and Birch

Describes the development of a questionnaire for use in mental health programme evaluation. The scale assesses satisfaction with access to services, the acceptability of services, the effectiveness of help given and general satisfaction, permitting comparison between services and between workers. A pilot study and a field trial involving 488 applications are reported.

Journal article

The probable extent of minor mental illness in the adult clients of social workers : a research note

Authors:
HUXLEY Peter, FITZPATRICK Robert
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Social Work, 14(1), 1984, pp.67-73.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

Reports on a small scale pilot study to test the use of a psychiatric screening instrument and social assessments.

Journal article

SCOPE for social inclusion?

Authors:
HUXLEY Peter, et al
Journal article citation:
A Life in the Day, 12(3), August 2008, pp.33-35.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article sets out to look at social inclusion among users within services, asking the questions is there a general measure of agreement about what social inclusion means to people, and is there an accepted way of measuring these views? This article reports on an initiative funded by the NIHR Research Methods programme, now part of the Health Technology Assessment group at Southampton. Nine focus groups explored about what people understand by 'social inclusion' and concept mapping was used to try and define the term. The research methods are reported here, along with plans for the future.

Journal article

The impact of community health reform on service users: a cohort study

Authors:
BARR Wally, HUXLEY Peter
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 7(2), March 1999, pp.129-139.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Reports on a study designed to assess the impact of recent reforms on service users. The functioning of users of community mental health services in a North Wales town was assessed before the advent of two significant service changes - the establishment of a local Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) and the introduction of the main community care reforms in April 1993. Results found the establishment of a CMHT was associated with a temporary fall in social functioning, quality of life and satisfaction with services and there was no evidence to conclude that organisational reforms had led to an improvement in user outcomes in the medium term. Concludes that future mental health reorganisation should be based on the evidence of research which includes an assessment of the impact of reforms on service users.

Book

Common mental disorders: a bio-social model

Authors:
GOLDBERG David, HUXLEY Peter
Publisher:
Routledge
Publication year:
1991
Pagination:
210p.,tables,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Combines insights from social psychiatry with recent findings in biological psychiatry and provides a model for common mental disorders. The physical processes which underlie states of depression and anxiety are described, together with the environmental factors that effect these processes. Concludes by discussing the implications of recent findings both for the future pattern of services and for training needs of mental health professionals.

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