Staff Views of the Importance of Relationships for Knowledge Development: Is Training by Specialists a Waste of Money?

Bradshaw, Jill, Goldbart, Juliet (2013) Staff Views of the Importance of Relationships for Knowledge Development: Is Training by Specialists a Waste of Money? Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 26 (4). pp. 284-298. ISSN 1360-2322. (doi:10.1111/jar.12020) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Background: The provision of skilled support is dependent on staff knowledge and understanding (Beadle-Brown J., Beecham J., Mansell J., Baumker T., Leigh J., Whelton R. & Richardson L, unpublished data). Influencing staff knowledge and understanding is an important component of interventions. Materials and Methods: Fourteen individual semi-structured interviews elicited staff views and experiences of knowledge development. These were analysed using a thematic network analysis (Attride-Stirling 2001, Qualitative Research 1, 385–405). Results: Three global themes were identified; skills are developed from experience, service aims influence service delivery and practice is more important than theory. This article focuses on the first of these themes. Relationships between staff and service users played a central role in enabling development of knowledge. Although some skills were seen as transferrable, experience of a particular service user was described as being essential. Conclusions: Support staff may not see the relevance of research findings, professional knowledge or training, unless these have involved direct work with the service user in question.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12020
Uncontrolled keywords: challenging behaviour; knowledge; relationships; staff views; thematic network analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2013 08:20 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 13:30 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34412 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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