Remember Me
Or use your Academic/Social account:


Or use your Academic/Social account:


You have just completed your registration at OpenAire.

Before you can login to the site, you will need to activate your account. An e-mail will be sent to you with the proper instructions.


Please note that this site is currently undergoing Beta testing.
Any new content you create is not guaranteed to be present to the final version of the site upon release.

Thank you for your patience,
OpenAire Dev Team.

Close This Message


Verify Password:
Verify E-mail:
*All Fields Are Required.
Please Verify You Are Human:
fbtwitterlinkedinvimeoflicker grey 14rssslideshare1
Moffatt, Fiona (2014)
Languages: English
Types: Unknown
In the UK the National Health Service (NHS) faces the challenge of securing £20 billion in savings by 2014. Improving healthcare productivity is identified by the state as essential to this endeavour, and critical to the long-term future of the NHS. However, healthcare productivity remains a contentious issue, with some criticizing the level of professional engagement.\ud This thesis explores how contemporary UK policy discourse constructs rights and responsibilities of healthcare professionals (HCPs) in terms of productive healthcare, how this is made manifest in practice, and the implications for professional autonomy/identity. Using analytical lenses from the sociology of professions, identity formation and the Foucauldian concept of governmentality, it is proposed that policy discourse calls for a new flavour of professionalism, one that recognises improving healthcare productivity as an individualised professional duty, not just for an elite cadre but for all healthcare professionals. Adopting an ethnographic approach (participant observation, semi-structured interviews, focus group and document analysis), data is presented from a large UK Emergency Department (ED), exploring the extent to which this notion of self-governance is evident. The study elucidates the ways in which: professional notions of productivity are constructed; productive work is enacted within the confines of the organisational setting; and tensions between modes of governance are negotiated.\ud \ud The findings of this study suggest that HCPs perform identity work via their construction of a multidimensional notion of healthcare productivity that incorporates both occupational and organisational values. Whilst responsibility for productivity is accepted as a ‘new’ professional duty, certain ethical tensions are seen to arise once the lived reality of ‘productive’ work is explored within the organisational field. The complex interplay of identity work and identity regulation, influenced by the co-existence of two differing modes of governance, results in a professional identity which cannot be represented by a static occupational/organisational hybrid, but rather one that is characterised by continual change and reconstitution. Understanding healthcare productivity from this perspective has implications for professional education, patient care, service improvement design and the academic field of the sociology of professions.
  • No references.
  • No related research data.
  • No similar publications.

Share - Bookmark

Cite this article