Who Is Involved?

  • Anyone can be involved – all of us may use health services at sometime!
  • All ages, people who have intellectual disabilities, people who have used mental health and other health services, carers, parents, young people and sometimes children can be involved.
  • People who are involved typically live locally. Please click here to meet some of the network members
  • Patient groups
  • Anyone with a personal interest in health and health services who wish to inform nursing and midwifery education.

What Do We Do?

  • Get a chance to say what we feel about different issues surrounding healthcare education and curriculum development
  • Speak to groups of student nurses and midwives and answer questions about our experiences
  • Sit in the classroom to see what is being taught and what the students say
  • Help to assess students’ presentations or how well they perform their work experience
  • Say what we think student nurses / midwives should learn about a particular subject and help to make sure that students learn things that are important for people who use health care services and their carers.
  • Attend open days and meet people who want to become student nurses / midwives
  • Become involved with the recruitment process of candidates for nursing and midwifery programmes
  • Work/comment on research projects and proposals
  • Attend meetings about how to engage people of all ages in the education of nursing
  • Sit on smaller working groups to develop parts of the work
  • Attend conferences about people who use health care services engaging with nursing and midwifery education  to listen to others talk about their work
  • Present at conferences/ write in professional journals to share good practice

Why Are We Involved?

  • To shape what is taught into ‘real life’ meaning
  • To help students ‘see the whole person’
  • To help students appreciate and respect people of all ages as individuals
  • To enable students to learn directly from people who have been patients or used health services to complement learning from books and teachers
  • Although we recognise that student nurses and midwives spend a lot of their course in real work settings and spend time with patients, families and carers (which is really important), it is also important to learn from people who are not ‘their’ patients as such, and who have had a chance to reflect on their experiences and are comfortable talking about them to other people
  • To enable students to get used to working with people who use healthcare services on an equal and regular basis and to get used to members of the public being involved in their own healthcare
  • People who use healthcare and their carers are involved with services in lots of different ways and involvement in nursing and midwifery education is part of a bigger picture that we want to develop locally
  • Ultimately we want to help students to become good nurses and midwives and to make health services better for all of us

When & Where?

  • Our network of people who use healthcare services is diverse so we meet at a variety of places in the local area (e.g. community centres, schools, patient groups) including the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Clinical Education Centre
  • We meet in smaller groups to work on particular projects and then feedback to the School of Nursing and Midwifery and wider University
  • Sometimes we join in teaching sessions with students, all of which are arranged at mutually convenient dates and times
  • All teaching sessions are in the daytime, on weekdays, meetings vary to suit the needs of the individuals attending.
  • All meetings provide refreshments for anyone attending
  • We also host a celebration User & Carer event once a year

Practical Things?

  • The School of Nursing and Midwifery pays travel expenses for people who are involved
  • We aim to make meetings accessible for anyone who wants to be involved
  • We are in the process of organising training courses for people who would like to be involved in topics such as speaking in groups
  • We aim to give people whatever support they need to be actively in this work. Please click here for our Guidelines.
  • We welcome enquiries from anyone who thinks they might want to join us. Please click here if you are interested in Supporting Users & Carers

What Have We Achieved?

  • We wrote a strategy for the School to develop the involvement of people who use healthcare services and their carers (reviewed three yearly). Please click here to view this document.
  • We developed an action plan (reviewed annually) for involvement in the School. Please click here to view this document.
  • Members of the network have presented at conferences e.g. INVOVLE and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), sharing our experiences of how we inform nursing and midwifery education and research. Please click here for further Celebrations of our Participation

Would you like to get involved with this group? Find more information here on How to Get Involved