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Title: Service user involvement in the British Red Cross : experience and factors affecting willingness to participate
Author: Hickin, Natasha
ISNI:       0000 0004 5990 6499
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2016
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There has been an increase in momentum around service user involvement in service evaluation, planning and delivery since the 1980’s. This change resulted from both the shift to market-led approaches to service provision, and the rise of influential service user and carer movements. Service user involvement is now a necessity for services in Health and Social Care; however, the coordination of these activities is complex and studies continue to reveal tokenistic practices. Large organisations, especially those with diverse service user populations, have an even greater challenge. Since the introduction of Any Qualified Provider, charitable organisations are now able to bid for statutory services. The British Red Cross has service user involvement at the heart of its corporate strategy, and has already won several statutory contracts. Nine individuals who had both used British Red Cross services and subsequently been involved in service user involvement initiatives took part in semi-structured interviews. The interview questioned them on their experiences and motivations for becoming involved. Each interview was transcribed and thematic analysis conducted on the data. Four themes were identified across the data, each indicating important areas in the process of service user involvement; ‘motivations when starting out’, ‘“I committed myself to them”’, ‘barriers and challenges’ and ‘room for improvement.’ Service user involvement was revealed to be patchy within the British Red Cross and participants indicated both a lack of clarity over their role, and lack of follow up after involvement. Despite this, participants described their experiences favorably and all expressed a desire to continue their involvement with the organisation. Key factors influencing participants decision to become involved initially differed from those that impacted on their on going involvement. Experiences key to the continued involvement of the participants were the social aspect of involvement, skills development, and feeling valued by the organisation. This study again highlighted the complexities of service user involvement within large diverse organisations. Implications of the findings for both the British Red Cross and similar organisations are considered.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral