Funding for this research was provided by:
School for Social Care Research (DTC-RP-PG-0311-12003)
Received: 30 August 2018
Accepted: 31 July 2019
First Online: 22 August 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical approval for the study was granted by the National Research Ethics Service (NRES) (15/NW/0822). Information sheets were given to potential participants by staff working within support agencies who also gained their consent to be contacted by a member of the research team. Informed consent was sought from participants just prior to interview. This included written consent to take part in the interview, to be audio recorded and to use data from the recording and paper questionnaire in publications. Participants were assured that all data would be anonymised. The structured interview schedule was designed to minimise participant burden whilst assurance was given that their participation or non-participation, would not influence their care arrangements.
: Participants gave written consent to participate in the study including the publication of anonymised data.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.