Doctorate in Clinical Psychology :Main Research Portfolio
: 1) Participatory Action Research in UK Mental Health Services: A Systematic Review of Methods, Collaboration and Barriers and Facilitators; 2) Developing the Therapeutic Skills in the System of Adults Around Children Living Away from Birthparents: A Service Improvement Project; 3) ‘I am Because We Are’: Why Community Led Organisations are Key in the Transformation of UK Mental Health Services. (Alternative Format Thesis)

  • Juliet Young

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)


Purpose: Community led organisations (CLOs) have the dual benefit of fulfilling current NHS transformation aims and promoting wellbeing for the individuals who are part of them. This motivated the aim of this research which was to understand the implications of CLOs and ways of working with them from the perspectives of those who are part of them. Methodology: Semi-structured interviews were conducted online with 14 people involved in CLOs. Reflexive Thematic Analysis was used to analyse data, with theme development included participant collaboration. Findings: Four central themes were developed: 1) Deep sense of wellbeing and fulfilment through ecosystem participation; 2) Emotional upset; 3) Community leadership as socially transformative; and 4) Embracing authentic partnership working. It was found that CLOs have the potential to transform the mental health of marginalised communities as part of wider system change and as an intervention in themselves. Originality: This research offers a valuable insight for commissioners and leaders working on the transformation agenda. It offers justification for the elevation of community led services and organisations.
Date of Award10 Oct 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Bath
SupervisorVuokko Wallace (Supervisor) & catherine butler (Supervisor)

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