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A qualitative exploration of the role of leadership in service transformation in child and adolescent mental health services

Childs, J; Calderon, A; McDonnell, M; Hirvonen, H; Deighton, J; Wolpert, MR; (2019) A qualitative exploration of the role of leadership in service transformation in child and adolescent mental health services. Child and Adolescent Mental Health , 24 (2) pp. 170-175. 10.1111/camh.12303. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Recent policy in England has called on services for children and young people's mental health and well‐being to develop and deliver local transformation plans to increase the provision of evidence‐based, outcomes‐informed and service user‐informed treatments. The role of local leadership in service transformation is poorly understood, despite evidence suggesting it is key to enacting change. // PURPOSE: To understand the role of local leaders and frontline practitioners in service transformation in child and adolescent mental health services. // METHODOLOGY: This study was a secondary analysis of semistructured interviews with n = 20 leaders and n = 29 frontline practitioners in child and adolescent mental health services taking part in a service transformation programme. // RESULTS: Leaders’ role in service transformation in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) was to: (a) foster impetus for transformation by demonstrating passion and commitment for change, (b) support practitioners in developing microsystem improvements and (c) bridging the organisation's goals with available resources. // CONCLUSIONS: When developing transformation plans for child and adolescent mental health services, local leaders should be transparent about reasoning and processes, enable practitioners to tailor implementation to need and provide ongoing support. Practitioner engagement needs careful planning given its crucial role in enabling collaboration that will facilitate change.

Type: Article
Title: A qualitative exploration of the role of leadership in service transformation in child and adolescent mental health services
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/camh.12303
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/camh.12303
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Leadership, child and adolescent mental health services, qualitative, service transformation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059291
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