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Leading in practice: a case study of how health visitors share and develop good practice

Brigham, Lindsay; Maxwell, Claire and Smith, Ann (2012). Leading in practice: a case study of how health visitors share and develop good practice. Community Practitioner, 85(5) pp. 24–28.

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The aim of this study was to find out more about health visitors’ current situated practice in the context of national policy drivers outlining a new lead role for them in delivering co-ordinated and integrated services for children and families, tailored to local needs. The study focused on health visitors within a recently merged Primary Care Trust and a qualitative approach was adopted with use of focus groups to generate data. The transcripts were subsequently analysed for key themes and dimensions. These related to how health visitors defined their own role and the skills with which they carried it out, the development of their expertise, role tensions and factors affecting leadership development. By drawing together the grounded experience of health visitors, policy drivers and theoretical interpretations a rich picture of existing practices was established, with recommendations made to promote distributed leadership and change.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association
ISSN: 1462-2815
Keywords: situated practice; policy drivers; integrated services; role tensions; distributed leadership; relational agancy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 34473
Depositing User: Lindsay Brigham
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2012 14:21
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:07
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