The aim of this study was to evaluate adoption, implementation and maintenance of the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland development programme. This was undertaken through a comprehensive, longitudinal, qualitative evaluation. Participants from the first two cohorts were interviewed at different stages to explore adoption, implementation and maintenance. Managers of participants engaged in interviews to explore service changes. Facilitators took part in a focus group exploring delivery. A member-checking event was held. Data collection was between March 2017 - October 2019. Data analysis was thematic, followed by application of Normalisation Process Theory. Ninety-four interviews, two focus groups and a member-checking event were conducted. Prior to the programme, most participants were burnt-out and considering leaving. Engaging led to a journey of self-discovery and transformation. The programme was perceived to change their way of thinking, personally and professionally, unlike any training and development previously experienced. Participants were rejuvenated and reinvigorated, sharing their learning with colleagues, service users and family, implementing new working practices and furthering their careers. They developed communities of practice among their cohorts with strong bonds; enabling them to build and sustain learnings. Participants experienced a journey of self-discovery and transformation unlike anything before due to personal investment in them. Participants were rejuvenated and reinvigorated with many moving into new roles. The programme equipped them with a range of leadership and resilience skills. The Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland Development Programme had a profound impact on participants, personally and professionally, which was perceived as lifelong. These findings and programme are transferable beyond Scotland and to different professions.
GRANT, A., MACIVER, E., ADAMS, N., TEODOROWSKI, P. and KENNEDY, C. . A journey of self-discovery and transformation: a theoretical and comprehensive evaluation of the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland community development programme. Journal of advanced nursing [online], Early View. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.15552