The changing role and identity of the contemporary ward manager

  • E. McWhirter

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This study explores the role of the contemporary ward manager in the NHS. Using a grounded theory methodology, 9 ward managers and 32 other clinical staff participated in semi-structured interviews. In addition, ward managers were observed in practice on eight occasions. A pragmatist philosophical tradition informing symbolic interaction guided the interpretive analytical framework to generate a substantive theory of the role of a modern day ward manager through the analysis of their narratives and by observing them at work. The simultaneous collection, coding, memoing and analysis of the data, together with the body of existing literature, enabled a process of theoretical sampling to build an emerging theory of identity and agency.
Date of AwardMar 2011
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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