Lecturers and students as stakeholders for education commissioning for learning disability nursing: focus group findings from a multiple method study

Gates, Bob and Statham, Mark (2013) Lecturers and students as stakeholders for education commissioning for learning disability nursing: focus group findings from a multiple method study. Nurse Education Today, 33 (10). pp. 1119-1123. ISSN 0260-6917

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Abstract

Background

In England, the numbers of learning disability nurses are declining; a need for urgent attention to workforce planning issues has been advocated. This paper considers views of lecturers, students and potential students as legitimate stakeholders for future education commissioning for this field of nursing.

Objectives

This project aimed to undertake a strategic review of learning disability nursing educational commissioning, to provide an ‘evidence based’ evaluation to inform future strategic commissioning of learning disability nursing for one Health Authority, UK.
Design

The project adopted a structured multiple methods approach to generate evidence from a number of data sources, this paper reports on the findings from one method [focus groups] used for two groups of stakeholders.

Informants

Informants comprised 10 learning disability nursing students studying at a Higher Education Institution, 25 health and social care students studying at a Further Education College, and 6 academic staff from 5 universities; all informants were from the south of England.

Methods

The method reported on in this paper is focus group methodology. Once completed, transcripts made were read in full, and subjected to content analysis.

Results

The process of content analysis led to the development of 11 theoretical categories that describe the multiplicity of views of informants, as to issues of importance for this element of the health workforce.

Conclusion

The paper concludes by identifying key messages from these informants. It is suggested that both method and findings have national and international resonance, as stakeholder engagement is a universal issue in health care education commissioning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lecturers; students; education commissioning; stakeholder engagement; learning disability nursing; focus groups; Workforce
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 14:52
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2017 13:21
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/874

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