An evaluation of the ‘My Home Life’ Leadership Support programme for care home managers

Sarah Penney, A Ryan, Paul F Slater, Julienne Meyer, Belinda Dewar, Tom Owen, Brighide Lynch

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Care homes are central to the provision of care for older people it is essential the leaders in this sector are supported to enhance the equality of care provided to these residents, often with multiple and complex needs and co-existing health conditions. The My Home life leadership support programme (MHL LS) is an innovative approach which enhances the culture of care in these settings. This study explored the findings of 298 participants who completed the programme in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Data were analysed from two questionnaires which are routinely completed, by participants on the MHL LSP, the Assessment of Workplace Schedule (AWES) and the Perceptions of Workplace Change Schedule (POWCS). The results were categorised by factors identified by the exploratory factor analysis. This paper focuses only on the quantitative findings from pre- and post-questionnaires. The study also provides an updated factor analysis of the AWES and POWCS.
The results provide robust evidence of the overall positive impact of the MHL LS programme across the three participating countries. The key areas which MHL participants report significant change within their care homes are, recognition and regard of them and their staff, workload, quality of care and working relationships.
Overall, this study has demonstrated a significant positive change in managers’ leadership skills and their perceptions on the impact of this for staff, relatives and residents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-33
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Research in Nursing
Issue number1
Early online date23 May 2023
Publication statusPublished online - 23 May 2023

Bibliographical note

This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.


  • leadership
  • care homes
  • My Home Life
  • Quality
  • staff
  • relationships


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