Responding to the risk of reducing resources: development of a framework for future change programmes in environmental health services

Plume, Ruth and Page, Alan and Garelick, Hemda (2018) Responding to the risk of reducing resources: development of a framework for future change programmes in environmental health services. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31 . pp. 30-36. ISSN 2212-4209

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Abstract

Environmental Health services in the UK have been subject to significant resource reduction over the last 5 years. It is suggested that services risk becoming unsustainable unless efficient and effective ways of working are employed. With this in mind this paper presents the findings of research into the experience of practitioners who are developing and delivering evolving Environmental Health services in English local authorities in the context of deep cutting budget reductions. The research explores the experience of change and identifies lessons learnt in the development and execution of new models of Environmental Health service delivery to mitigate against risks of unsustainable or undeliverable services. Interviews were carried out with the participants to capture their experience of change and the impact on service delivery. A range of service delivery models have been examined including outsourcing, shared services, regional delivery models and discussion of mutual arrangements and at various stages of development from planning through to full transformation. Field work was undertaken between 2014 and 2016. Thematic analysis of interview transcripts has identified six emergent themes of the experience of change: managing changes effectively; understanding the reasons for change; understanding the nature of Environmental Health; meaningful consultation; viability of the proposal; planning and timeliness. Environmental Health services undergoing transformation may benefit from taking into account the lessons learnt by organisations that have previously undergone significant change in their response to the risk of a reducing resource.
Keywords: Environmental Health; austerity; regulation; emerging risk; outsourcing; managing change.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
Item ID: 24148
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Depositing User: Ruth Plume
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2018 15:28
Last Modified: 30 May 2018 14:44
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/24148

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