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Improving Customer Experience in Mental Health Service: A case Study of Ivy Willis House

Azeez, Waheed (2015): Improving Customer Experience in Mental Health Service: A case Study of Ivy Willis House. Published in: International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Review , Vol. 3, No. 5 (July 2015): pp. 53-66.

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The negative effects of the current economic climate on mental health service providers under the NHS cannot be overemphasised. As the government is trying to cut its expenses and minimise wasteful activities and unnecessary spending within the NHS, every trust and every department or unit within the trust has now realised that it has to justify its existence and review its services to the public. More so, the on-going restructuring of the NHS has led to the closure of some hospitals and departments that are considered not fit for purpose.

Meanwhile, the closure of certain hospitals or departments, especially the accident and emergency departments (A&E), have caused outrage among the general public who reside within the vicinities or catchment areas served by those departments. In some cases, this move is challenged in the courts of law forcing the government to rescind its decision and leave certain hospitals open after they have been marked for closure.

The joint efforts of staff and patients of these hospitals and their determination to preserve these valuable institutions are paying off greatly. However, the same cannot be said about the mental health facilities within the NHS. This is probably because the services provided by mental health departments are not meant for every member of the public. The services are meant for those who have mental health issues. As a result of this, only those who are concerned with mental health issues advocate for their continuous existence and maintenance. The general public do not always speak out for them.

The aim of this report is to look into the plight of these mental health institutions and the difficulties they are facing in terms of funding, staffing levels, public support, research and development, patient satisfaction among other things. We have chosen Ivy Willis House because of its achievement as one of the most successful mental health rehabilitation centres in the south-west area of London.

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