Service impact of a national clinical leadership development programme: findings from a qualitative study

Fealy, Gerard M., McNamara, Martin S., Casey, Mary, O'Connor, Tom, Patton, Declan, Doyle, Louise and Quinlan, Christina (2013) Service impact of a national clinical leadership development programme: findings from a qualitative study. Journal of Nursing Management, 23 3: 324-332. doi:10.1111/jonm.12133

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Author Fealy, Gerard M.
McNamara, Martin S.
Casey, Mary
O'Connor, Tom
Patton, Declan
Doyle, Louise
Quinlan, Christina
Title Service impact of a national clinical leadership development programme: findings from a qualitative study
Journal name Journal of Nursing Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-0429
Publication date 2013-07-25
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jonm.12133
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 324
End page 332
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim The study reported here was part of a larger study, which evaluated a national clinical leadership development programme with reference to resources, participant experiences, participant outcomes and service impact. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the programme's service impact.

Background Clinical leadership development develops competencies that are expressed in context. The outcomes of clinical leadership development occur at individual, departmental and organisational levels.

Methods The methods used to evaluate the service impact were focus groups, group interviews and individual interviews. Seventy participants provided data in 18 separate qualitative data collection events.

Results The data contained numerous accounts of service development activities, initiated by programme participants, which improved service and/or improved the culture of the work setting.

Conclusion Clinical leadership development programmes that incorporate a deliberate service impact element can result in identifiable positive service outcomes. The nuanced relationship between leader development and service development warrants further investigation.

Implications for nursing management This study demonstrates that clinical leadership development can impact on service in distinct and identifiable ways. Clinical leadership development programmes should focus on the setting in which the leadership competencies will be demonstrated.
Keyword Clinical leadership
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 25 JUL 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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