'Part of the family': sources of job satisfaction amongst a group of community-based dementia care workers

RYAN, A., NOLAN, M. R., ENDERBY, P. and REID, D. (2003). 'Part of the family': sources of job satisfaction amongst a group of community-based dementia care workers. Health and social care in the community., 12 (2), 111-118.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0966-0410.2004.00471.x


The development of community-based services for people with dementia brings new challenges for health and social care providers, not least that of sustaining an enthusiastic workforce who are motivated to provide care and support under potentially isolating and difficult conditions. The present paper, based on interview data gathered from a group of community-based dementia care workers, seeks to identify their sources of job satisfaction and reward. Interviews were conducted with seven workers at two points in time and the data were analysed using a case by theme matrix approach. The results indicate that there were high levels of job satisfaction amongst the group, which were enhanced by several factors, including: good organisational support; day-to-day autonomy; the ability to maintain relationships with people with dementia and their families; and staffs' feelings of contributing to and improving the status and quality of life of people with dementia. Implications for workforce development are briefly considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, job satisfaction, person-centred care, primary care, workforce
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0966-0410.2004.00471.x
Page Range: 111-118
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 01:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/325

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