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Quality of practice in supported accommodation services for people with intellectual disabilities: What matters at the organisational level

Bigby, Christine, Bould, Emma, Iacono, Teresa, Beadle-Brown, Julie (2019) Quality of practice in supported accommodation services for people with intellectual disabilities: What matters at the organisational level. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, . ISSN 1366-8250. (doi:10.3109/13668250.2019.1671965) (KAR id:78829)

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Background: Organisational and service level factors are identified as influencing the implementation of Active Support. The aim was to explore differences in organisational leadership and structures to identify potential relationships between these factors and the quality of Active Support in supported accommodation services.

Method: Fourteen organisations participated in this mixed methods study, which generated data from interviews with senior leaders, document reviews and observations of the quality of Active Support. Results: Qualitative analyses revealed three conceptual categories. Senior leaders in organisations where at least 71% of services delivered good Active Support prioritised practice, understood Active Support, and strongly supported practice leadership. In these organisations practice leadership was structured close to every-day service delivery, and as part of front-line management. Conclusions: Patterns of coherent values, priorities and actions about practice demonstrated by senior leaders were associated with successful implementation of Active Support, rather than documented values in organisational policy or procedures.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3109/13668250.2019.1671965
Uncontrolled keywords: Intellectual disability; Active Support; practice leadership; leadership, organizational and management structure; quality of life; supported accommodation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV3008 People with mental disabilities
Divisions: 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: 18 Nov 2019 16:00 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 09:13 UTC
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