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The impact of leadership development on GP mental health commissioning.

Dickerson, E., Fenge, L.-A. and Rosenorn-Lanng, E., 2017. The impact of leadership development on GP mental health commissioning. Leadership in Health Services, 30 (3), 343 - 351.

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DOI: 10.1108/LHS-09-2016-0046


Purpose This paper aims to explore the learning needs of general practitioners (GPs) involved in commissioning mental health provision in England, and offer an evaluation of a leadership and commissioning skills development programme for Mental Health Commissioners. Design/methodology/approach Retrospective mixed method, including online mixed method survey, rating participants' knowledge, skills, abilities, semi-structured telephone interviews and third-party questionnaires were used. Results were analysed for significant differences using the Wilcoxon Signed Ranks test. Open-ended responses and interview transcripts were analysed thematically. Findings Indicative results showed that participants perceived significant impacts in ability across eight key question groups evaluated. Differences were found between the perceived and observed impact in relation to technical areas covered within the programme which were perceived as the highest scoring impacts by participants. Research limitations/implications The indicative results show a positive impact on practice has been both perceived and observed. Findings illustrate the value of this development programme on both the personal development of GP Mental Health Commissioners and commissioning practice. Although the findings of this evaluation increase understanding in relation to an important and topical area, larger scale, prospective evaluations are required. Impact evaluations could be embedded within future programmes to encourage higher participant and third-party engagement. Future evaluations would benefit from collection and analysis of attendance data. Further research could involve patient, service user and carer perspectives on mental health commissioning. Originality value Results of this evaluation could inform the development of future learning programmes for mental health commissioners as part of a national approach to improve mental health provision.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This is a summary of independent research funded by the Strategic Clinical Network East of England and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East of England. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the National Health Service (NHS), the NIHR or the Department of Health. External ethical approval was not required. The research involved the use of anonymous questionnaire and interview procedures. All data are held in-line with the Data Protection Act 1998. Evaluation participants were not defined as “vulnerable”; participation did not induce undue psychological stress or anxiety.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Clinical commissioning ; Leadership ; Mental health
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:29539
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:26 Jul 2017 14:57
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:06


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