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BMC Health Services Research

, 11:218

First Online: 15 September 2011Received: 22 March 2010Accepted: 15 September 2011DOI: 10.1186-1472-6963-11-218

Cite this article as: Adamson, J., Warfa, N. & Bhui, K. BMC Health Serv Res 2011 11: 218. doi:10.1186-1472-6963-11-218


BackgroundEnsuring Cultural Competence CC in health care is a mechanism to deliver culturally appropriate care and optimise recovery. In policies that promote cultural competence, the training of mental health practitioners is a key component of a culturally competent organisation. This study examines staff perceptions of CC and the integration of CC principles in a mental healthcare organisation. The purpose is to show interactions between organisational and individual processes that help or hinder recovery orientated services.

MethodsWe carried out a case study of a large mental health provider using a cultural competence needs analysis. We used structured and semi-structured questionnaires to explore the perceptions of healthcare professionals located in one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse areas of England, its capital city London.

ResultsThere was some evidence that clinical staff were engaged in culturally competent activities. We found a growing awareness of cultural competence amongst staff in general, and many had attended training. However, strategic plans and procedures that promote cultural competence tended to not be well communicated to all frontline staff; whilst there was little understanding at corporate level of culturally competent clinical practices. The provider organisation had commenced a targeted recruitment campaign to recruit staff from under-represented ethnic groups and it developed collaborative working patterns with service users.

ConclusionThere is evidence to show tentative steps towards building cultural competence in the organisation. However, further work is needed to embed cultural competence principles and practices at all levels of the organisation, for example, by introducing monitoring systems that enable organisations to benchmark their performance as a culturally capable organisation.

Keywordsorganisational cultural competence mental health  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Jean Adamson - Nasir Warfa - Kamaldeep Bhui

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/

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