What are we trying to do?
We know from a number of studies that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing huge challenges for healthcare staff. These studies have mainly focused on the impact of the pandemic on health and social care staff working within physical health services.
There are no studies that we know of, exploring the experiences of staff working within Tier 3 and Tier 4 CAMHS. We want to understand the experiences of staff providing care to young people and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic and explore the factors which may worsen or improve their working experiences.
Why is it important?
This research will enable us to understand what support will be useful in supporting staff working in Tier 3 and Tier 4 CAMHS provision during the COVID-19 pandemic. This knowledge will be used to inform recommendations for specific interventions to support staff locally and more widely, and at other times of unprecedented stress. Additionally, it is expected to benefit the young people accessing these services and their families by ensuring better health outcomes and positive patient experience.
How are we doing it?
A semi-structured qualitative interview study will be conducted with health care staff across Tier 3 and Tier 4 CAMHS services in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH NHS FT).
Purposeful sampling will be used to recruit staff members who have been involved in providing health care during the COVID 19 pandemic. We will seek a maximum variance sample on key variables (professional group, gender, ethnicity) until saturation is achieved. The interviews will explore experiences of providing healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, barriers to providing this care and ideas for managing challenges.
Who are we working with?
For more information, please contact Alison Littlewood (Programme Manager).