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The role of practice leadership in active support: impact of practice leaders’ presence in supported accommodation services

Bould, Emma, Beadle-Brown, Julie, Bigby, Christine, Iacono, Teresa (2016) The role of practice leadership in active support: impact of practice leaders’ presence in supported accommodation services. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 64 (2). pp. 75-80. ISSN 2047-3869. (doi:10.1080/20473869.2016.1229524) (KAR id:60852)

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Abstract

Objectives: Research shows practice leadership to be a factor in the successful implementation of active support. The aim of the study was to explore differences in staff practice, associated with the presence of a practice leader in a shared supported accommodation service.

Methods: Quality of support and engagement for 189 service users with intellectual disability from 58 services were collected during a 2 h observation using the EMAC-R and ASM. The practice leader was present in 19 services (n = 59) and absent in 39 (n = 111). An Observed Measure of Practice Leadership was administered during a second visit to each service.

Results: When the practice leader was present, levels of engagement and active support were statistically higher (p < 0.01). Although measured at a different time, observed practice leadership was also higher in services where the practice leader was present during the first observation.

Conclusion: The level of observed practice leadership and presence of the practice leader appear to be associated with better quality of support. This finding provides further evidence of the importance of systems for supporting, monitoring, modelling, and improving staff practice for effective implementation of active support.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/20473869.2016.1229524
Uncontrolled keywords: implementation, engagement, active support, practice leadership, supported accommodation
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Julie Beadle-Brown
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2017 23:04 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:43 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60852 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Beadle-Brown, Julie: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2306-8801
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