TOPIC: Change Management:  A support group for cannabis user in a forensic ward (To stop them using)

A 12000 words dissertation meeting the Learning Outcomes 1-6 below

  1. Critically explore, analyse and evaluate the nature and organisation of their field of professional practice
  2. Be self directed and be able to act autonomously in designing; developing and planning their dissertation
  3. Demonstrate skill in evaluating the rigour and validity of research applicable to their dissertation
  4. Extrapolate from existing research and scholarship to identify new or revised approaches to practice
  5. Be innovative in formulating research problems/ practice development areas, locating and managing data and information, synthesising findings and drawing conclusions from the work.
  6. Analyse change or research methodologies and develop a strategy/framework to support the future implementation of their proposal

This written assessment must be word-processed using Microsoft Word and presented in Arial Font size 11pt. Double-line spacing or 1.5 line spacing must be applied throughout the main text of this piece of work, with at least 3.5 cm margin to the left to allow for binding. Pages should be numbered, and each page of the assignment should have your university ID number in the header of each page. Each chapter must start on a new page. The main text of the assignment must be aligned to the left of the page. An accurate and consistent referencing approach must be undertaken in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the current referencing guide (using APA referencing style). The use of direct quotes should be avoided unless considered as being vital and integral to the discussion. Where undertaken, direct quotes must be presented appropriately, and page numbers must be cited with the reference.

NOTE THE ESSAY IS ABOUT CHANGE MANAGEMENT NOT Research Methodology. HOWEVER use the template below

Further Explanation

Talk about:

Change Theory

Planning for Change

Models of Change

Applying Change to Practice: considerations

So why do we need to change?

So what drives change / improvement? for example: national & local policy, resources available, research / evidence, good practice examples, staff and patient,  attitudes & experiences, finances, organisation systems, structure etc…

key roles in the process for successful & sustained change:

Sponsor- having the authority to make the change happen, with control over resources; clear vision; identifying goals & outcomes

Implementer – implements the change and usually directly reports to the sponsor / manager, providing feedback on progress; important to listen, enquire & clarify at the start

Change Agent – a facilitator of change, who helps the sponsor & implementer to stay aligned, keeps the sponsor on board, gathers data, educates, advises, coaches etc…

Advocate – has an idea, is able to make the idea appealing, though needs a sponsor to make it happen; highly motivated

consider the impact of change on people; Remember

change has an emotional impact upon people

unresolved emotions if left unaddressed

period of grief towards loss of previous way of working

people may need an outlet to explore their feelings about a proposed change

group supervision may offer a solution during a transitional period

support staff to come to terms with the new way.

Focus on clinical effectiveness & clinical governance

Make use of Planning tools I.e SWOT, Lewin’s Force Field Analysis (A useful appendix, can be used to support the planning stage of any change. Allows practitioners to visualise the barriers and drivers to support change and put strategies in place to support these factors)

Make use of Models to explain your rationale

You need to include


Recent Research

Planning tool

Which model are you using I.e SWOT, Lewin’s 3 Stage Model

Hierarchy of evidence

Aims of findings

Relevance and meaning of the intervention agent

Theory behind the change

Who will act as change agent?

Who are the sponsor?

Who are the stakeholders?

What did Literature say, is it an issue? What causes it

How long the change management will be running for

Visualise how you run the group. e Jan Feb Mon- Fri etc

How do you want to run the group say every 3 months to start a new group?

How do you implement the change?

Who will be involved in delivery the running the group Nurse, Psychologist i.e.  the educator

How do you involve the patient?

The outcome you expect from the change moment;

level of control / influence

potential for Improvement

likely benefits from Improvement

likely staff commitment

probability of success

demonstration to wider organisation

Some references to help, please use more references.

Cameron, E., Green, E. (2015) Making sense of change management (4th Edition). London: Kogan Page

Derrick, N. (2015) Staff support during a ward closure. Mental Health Practice 19(4),14-19

Gottwald, M., Lansdown, G.E. (2014) Clinical Governance: improving the quality of healthcare for patients and service-users. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education / Open Univ Press

Hallett, N., Hewison, A. (2012). How to address the physical needs of clients in a mental health setting. Nursing Management 18(10), 30-35

Mind Tools (2017) Change Management. Retrieved from:

NHS England (2017) NHS Change Model, Retrieved from: