Personnel flux and workplace anxiety: personal and interpersonal consequences of understaffing in UK ultrasound departments

Miller, Paul K., Waring, Lorelei, Bolton, Gareth and Sloane, Charles (2019) Personnel flux and workplace anxiety: personal and interpersonal consequences of understaffing in UK ultrasound departments. Radiography, 25 (1). pp. 46-50.

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Introduction: By 2013, the UK government’s Migration Advisory Committee had determined sonography to be a formal shortage specialty, and understaffing remains a key concern for research in the domain. This paper, emergent of a qualitative study funded by Health Education North West, explores unit managers’ perspectives on the present state of UK ultrasound. The focus herein falls upon the personal and interpersonal consequences of this circumstance for individuals working in specific understaffed departments.

Methods: A thematic analysis informed by a Straussian model of Grounded Theory was utilised; N=20 extended accounts provided by ultrasound department leads in public (n=18) and private (n=2) units were collected and analysed accordingly.

Results: The global themes addressed herein describe (a) how both inter-departmental movement of senior sonographers and early retirement, within a nationally understaffed picture, impacts upon local knowledge economies, and (b) how such staffing instabilities can undermine the day-to-day confidence of managerial staff and practicing sonographers alike.

Conclusions: It is personnel flux, rather than simple short-staffing, that is reported to cause the greatest social-psychological problems for both managers and sonographers. The issues raised herein require further examination from the perspective of sonographers themselves, in order to corroborate the views of the managers interviewed.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier for College of Radiographers
ISSN: 1532-2831
Departments: Academic Departments > Medical & Sport Sciences (MSS) > Health and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Miller
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2018 11:01
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 09:32


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