The purpose of this paper is to explore the clinical perspective of the practicality, utility and face-validity of the dynamic support database (DSD) Red, Amber, Green (RAG) rating support tool within adult learning disabilities services in a North West NHS Foundation Trust. The aim of the current project is to evaluate the practicality, utility and face-validity of the DSD RAG rating support tool, as reported by clinicians who have been employing it.
A mixed-methods design was utilised by asking clinicians to complete a questionnaire in relation to the DSD Support Tool. Questionnaires were distributed across three community learning disability teams within the North West. A total of 50 clinicians completed the questionnaire which included rated responses for quantitative analysis and free-text comments for qualitative analysis.
Positive ratings given by clinicians suggested good practicality, utility and face-validity in relation to the tool. Analysis of the free-text comments suggested that the tool supported clinical judgement in a standardised way and helped discussions with commissioners. Feedback also provided insights into how the DSD support tool could be improved.
Further investigation would be required to yield higher numbers of participation across NHS Trusts to add reliability to the present findings.
The DSD support tool has been used within the NHS Foundation Trust for the last 12 months however the practicality, utility and face-validity of the tool had not been explored from the clinician perspective.
A special thank you to Learning Disability staff in the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, especially to those who developed the tool and supported this project.
Mottershead, T. and Woodrow, C. (2019), "Practicality, utility and face-validity of the dynamic support database", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 13 No. 5, pp. 228-236. https://doi.org/10.1108/AMHID-04-2019-0009
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