Service user experience of the Norfolk youth service

Heavens, David, Hodgekins, Joanne, Lower, Rebecca, Spauls, Joanne, Carroll, Benjamin, Gee, Brioney, Clarke, Timothy and Wilson, Jonathan (2020) Service user experience of the Norfolk youth service. Mental Health Review Journal, 25 (1). pp. 85-98. ISSN 1361-9322

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Purpose: There is an international drive to improve mental health services for young people. This study aims to investigate service user experience of a youth mental health service in Norfolk, UK. In addition to suggesting improvements to this service, recommendations are made for the development of youth mental health services in general. Design/methodology/approach: A mixed-methods approach was used. Quantitative data from satisfaction questionnaires were analysed using descriptive statistics and compared between two time points. A semi-structured interview was used to generate qualitative data. Thematic analysis was used to identify themes in the interview transcripts and triangulation was used to synthesise quantitative and qualitative data. Findings: Service users appeared satisfied with the service. Significant improvements in satisfaction were found between two time points. Qualitative analysis identified three main themes that were important to service users, including support, information and personhood. Practical implications: Recommendations for the development of youth mental health services are provided. Although these are based on findings from the Norfolk youth service, they are likely to apply to other mental health services for young people. Originality/value: Mental health care for young people requires significant improvement. The Norfolk youth service is one of the first services of its kind in the UK. The findings from this study might be helpful to consider in the development of youth mental health services across the world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescent,community mental health,mental health,service user,young people,youth,mental-health-services,care,psychiatry and mental health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2738
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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2020 00:43
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 06:00
DOI: 10.1108/MHRJ-03-2019-0008

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