What is the impact of health trainer interventions within a mental health setting?

Bailey, D. ORCID: 0000-0001-5823-7746 and Kerlin, L., 2012. What is the impact of health trainer interventions within a mental health setting? International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 14 (3), pp. 139-150. ISSN 2049-8543


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This paper relates to a single case study that was part of a larger project using a tried and tested evaluation methodology to evaluate the role of health trainers (HTs) working with groups who are considered ‘difficult’ to engage in health care. In this example, the HTs were based in a mental health centre run by a charity. The service was commissioned by a Primary Care Trust (PCT) located in the North East of England. Data collected between April 2010 and July 2011 included quantitative data from 72 service users from the National Data Collection and Reporting System. Additional quantitative data were obtained from the HTs relating to the usage of group activities and a satisfaction questionnaire completed by service users. Qualitative data included interviews with four key stakeholders, a focus group with service users, case studies and progress reports provided as part of the Centre’s annual reporting requirements for the PCT. Findings reveal that more service users aged 26-44 used the service compared with national figures. Partnership working was essential to embed the initiative into the Centre. HT interventions that were flexible, and gave service users options, encouraged mental health promotion. The success of the intervention depended less on what the HT did and more importantly on how they did it.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health Promotion
Creators: Bailey, D. and Kerlin, L.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2012
Volume: 14
Number: 3
ISSN: 2049-8543
Rights: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:21
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2019 14:18
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11776

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