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Background

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Studio III’s Dr Michael McCreadie

In November 2015, Studio III entered into a collaboration with the Health in Action Stress Research Group at Northumbria University on a research project that is investigating the causes, consequences of and protective factors against stress for professionals who provide direct health and social care services to people who display behaviours that challenge. The collaboration supports a PhD programme for researcher Daniel Rippon and is being supervised by Dr Mark Wetherell and Dr Michael Smith alongside Studio III’s Dr Michael McCreadie and Professor Andrew McDonnell.

Progress So Far

In the first year of this collaboration, a large scale qualitative study has been conducted as a means to ascertain the experiences of frontline health and social care professionals who manage behaviours that challenge as part of their role. The purpose for using a qualitative approach in the initial stage of this project was to ensure that the experiences of health/social care professionals informed the future direction of the overall research programme.

The first phase of this study has consisted of conducting focus groups with the following professional groups:

  • Community Mental Health Support Workers

  • Nurses/Support Workers in Children and Younger People’s Inpatient Services

  • Learning Support Officers (Autism)

  • Support Workers in Residential Care (Autism)

  • Challenging Behaviour Nurses

  • Community Support Workers (Autism)

Project supervised by Dr Mark Wetherell

The data collected from these initial focus groups were analysed from which an initial theoretical framework was developed that could provide possible explanations for the causes, consequences and protective factors against stress for people who manage behaviours that challenge. The next phase of the study comprised of conducting further focus groups and 1 – 1 interviews in order to validate the developed theory as explaining a genuine social phenomena as causes of and protective factors against stress in the profession. For this second phase of data collection, focus groups and 1-1 interviews were conducted with the following professional groups:

  • Focus groups with Nurses and Assistant Psychologists working in Residential Learning Disabilities service
  • Focus Groups with Service Managers, Nurses and Support Workers working in Domiciliary Care in Autism
  • Focus Groups with Community Psychiatric Nurses in Drug and Alcohol services
  • Interview with a Challenging Behaviour Nurse
  • Interview with a Behaviour Nurse Specialist in Autism
  • Interviews with Community Mental Health Support workers.

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    Professor Andrew McDonnell

Next Steps

Data collection for both phases of this study has been completed in November 2016 and analysis of the transcripts is being conducted. The results will provide a theoretical framework which will be empirically investigated in year 2 of this collaborative research project. If you are an organisation or professional who provides health/social care services to people who experience behavioural symptoms and would like to take part in this body of research, then please contact Daniel Rippon at daniel.rippon@northumbria.ac.uk or Professor Andrew McDonnell at andym@studio3.org .