From root to fruit – flourishing in change. Evaluation of a development programme for practice development facilitators in end-of-life care
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Dickson, C., Legg, M., Penman, P. & Smith, T. (2018) From root to fruit – flourishing in change. Evaluation of a development programme for practice development facilitators in end-of-life care. International Practice Development Journal, 8 (1 ).
Background: This paper outlines the structure, processes and outcomes of a 12-month development programme for nurses who were transitioning from a practice-based training role to a practice development role. The programme was part of organisational commitment to develop a person-centred culture. A new team of Practice Development Facilitators across the UK was formed at Marie Curie. Marie Curie, a UK-based charity supporting people with palliative and end of life care needs. Aims and Objectives: The overall aim of the programme was to enable PDFs to engage with the theory and practice of practice development to develop as enablers in the delivery of person-centred practice. Methods: A co-designed multi-method evaluation of the programme that adopted emancipatory practice development and active learning methodologies. Data collection included 4th Generation evaluation, reflective writing, participant stories and examples of practice change. Findings: The programme supported a change in focus of their role from technical to emancipatory. The team identified new ways of engaging together which enabled them to embody person-centredness. By experiencing active learning they came to understand themselves and their practice. Throughout the programme the team experienced a range of organisational challenges which impacted on their progress throughout the programme. Development of their facilitation skills and a strong community of practice will assure embeddedness and sustainability of their new role. Conclusions: Facilitators of Practice Development are a catalyst in developing person-centred cultures which are indicative of flourishing organisations but this needs to be included in organisational strategy. Experiencing flourishing creates a sense of well-being and renewed commitment to develop practice in ways that keep person-centred care at its heart. Key messages: • Making explicit values and beliefs at the beginning of a programme enable social learning and innovation in practice • Investment in PD can be a catalyst to developing person-centred cultures • Role-modelling person-centredness has an impact on staff well-being and person-centred practices • Embedding communities of practice will main momentum in new ways of working