Evaluation of a clinical leadership initiative

Bernice West, Michael H Lyon, Maureen McBain, John Gass
Nursing Standard 2004 October 13, 19 (5): 33-41

AIM: To evaluate a clinical leadership initiative in mental health and care of older people settings.

METHOD: Clinical leaders (n=15), clinical nurse managers (n=6), and mentors (n=4) involved in the initiative received three questionnaires assessing perceived change, occupational stress and burnout. A nurse, a support worker and a doctor or therapist with whom the clinical leaders worked, each received the perceived change questionnaire (n=45). A comparative group of senior nurses (n=6) who were not part of the initiative received all three questionnaires. A comparative group of clinical nurse managers (n=3) not involved in the initiative received the perceived change questionnaire.

RESULTS: Major improvements in direct care management, communication processes, decision-making, clinical nursing care, reporting and evaluation practices, and support strategies and processes at ward level were indicated. The evaluation also identified evidence of stress, potential burnout and job dissatisfaction.

CONCLUSION: A customised design was negotiated between the evaluators and the NHS trust, and recommendations were made for wider introduction of the initiative, with enhanced planning, an integrated evaluation process and a systematic approach to job redesign.

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