'Nature dictates that as individuals we are conceived, are born,
and then at some point later die. The shape of the arc that we
follow, involving growth and development with eventual decline, is
something that we might all like to influence. It has been argued
that the same basic curve, however, is followed by societies,
civilisations and indeed organisations. How does an organisation
influence its trajectory? How do organisations avoid the pull
towards conservatism and protectionism associated with the
developmental plateau found at the top of the curve?.... I think
that in this book Professor Alessandra Lemma has given us something
of an insight into this process within one organisation, the
Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. ... The work of the
Trust is now broad. Training and education makes up almost half of
the activity, while Child and Adolescent mental Health Services
over half of the clinical work. Professor Lemma has, in this first
volume, broadly focused her attention on our work with Adolescents
and Adults ... She has clearly selected her authors for their
quality and supported them with similar care. All of this is
evident in the chapters that comprise this book, and in the
description of an organisation struggling to evolve in a manner
that links it inextricably to the communities and society within
which it is situated as much as to its own history.' - From the
foreword by Dr Matthew Patrick, Chief Executive, Tavistock and
Portman NHS Foundation Trust
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