leading nursing care and the examples of management function were budget and paperwork. This was also reflected when three spoke of having to move away from clinical care to perform, for example office duties. The majority found the role exciting and enjoyable and spoke of being one of privilege. It was, some said, hard work emotionally draining and lonely.
These 24 themes provided a baseline for the opening discussion of the action research group to consider further when researching how the role can or could be further informed, and how the support of the role can or could be further improved. As will be shown in the next chapter, the themes revealed from this analysis of the interviews were introduced to the group as a random list of themes. This was the beginning of Phase Two of the study.