A phenomenological inquiry into the lived experience of adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) employed by the NHS

Rowe, Kayte, Bailey, Sarah, Teague, Bonnie, Mattless, Kevin and Notley, Caitlin (2020) A phenomenological inquiry into the lived experience of adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) employed by the NHS. Mental Health and Social Inclusion. ISSN 2042-8308 (In Press)

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Abstract

Introduction: Approximately 3.5% of the workforce is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With a greater risk of work-related stress and absences, workbased social interactions and environments are significant factors. Nurses experience better occupational outcomes than other professions, indicating that further investigation is important to understand why healthcare roles can better sustain employees with ADHD. Method: Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to explore how employees with ADHD both experience and make sense of their employment and professional relationships. Participants self-identified from two NHS Trusts and participated in semi-structured interviews. Findings: 7 interviews contributed to the final analysis. 4 themes emerged; Social Environment (Relationships), Physical Environment, Behaviour and Work Tasks. Complex interactions were observed between individuals’ internal constructs and overall employment experience. Conclusion: Dynamic and interactive components affect employee volition and performance. The NHS provides variety, flexibility and encourages self-motivation suiting employees with ADHD and with adequate support enables enjoyable, successful NHS careers. Originality: This is a novel study that explores the psychodynamic and physical presentations of ADHD providing a unique perspective on the challenges and strengths off employees with ADHD Practical implication: The findings can be used to inform local NHS management frameworks for supporting workforce with ADHD

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2020 00:50
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2020 00:50
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/77971
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