Healthy Parent Carers: Acceptability and practicability of online delivery and learning through implementation by delivery partner organisations.
Garrood A., Bjornstad G., Borek A., Gillett A., Lloyd J., Brand S., Tarrant M., Ball S., Hawton A., McDonald A., Fredlund M., Boyle F., Berry V., Logan S., Morris C.
BACKGROUND: Parent carers of disabled children are at increased risk of physical and mental health problems. The Healthy Parent Carers (HPC) programme is a manualised peer-led group-based programme that aims to promote parent carer health and wellbeing. Previously, the programme had been delivered in person, with recruitment and delivery managed in a research context. This study explored implementation by two delivery partner organisations in the United Kingdom. Facilitator Training and Delivery Manuals were modified for online delivery using Zoom due to COVID-19. METHODS: The study methodology utilised the Replicating Effective Programs framework. A series of stakeholder workshops informed the development of the Implementation Logic Model and an Implementation Package. After delivering the programme, delivery partner organisations and facilitators participated in a workshop to discuss experiences of implementing the programme. A wider group of stakeholders, including commissioners, Parent Carer Forums and charity organisations representatives and researchers subsequently met to consider the sustainability and potential barriers to delivering the programme outside the research context. RESULTS: This study explored implementation by two delivery partner organisations in the United Kingdom that were able to recruit facilitators, who we trained, and they recruited participants and delivered the programme to parent carers in different localities using Zoom. The co-created Implementation Logic Model and Implementation Package were subsequently refined to enable the further roll-out of the programme with other delivery partner organisations. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides insight and understanding of how the HPC programme can be implemented sustainably outside of the research context. Further research will evaluate the effectiveness of the programme and refine the implementation processes. PATIENT AND PUBLIC CONTRIBUTION: Parent carers, delivery partner organisation staff and service commissioners were consulted on the design, delivery and reporting of the research.