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Leadership as Experts by Experience in Professional Education

Curran, Tillie, Sayers, Ruth and Percy-Smith, Barry (2015) Leadership as Experts by Experience in Professional Education. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 186. pp. 624-629. ISSN 18770428

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper shares the learning from a new course to explore and develop leadership by experts by experience involved in health and social care education provision, research and policy. Method: A Knowledge Café approach was used to provide opportunities for participants to explore and reflect together on shared experiences of what it means to be an expert by experience, and the extent to which the role can be understood in terms of grounded concepts of ‘leadership’. Findings: The paper discusses how involvement as a service user emerged out of a personal drive to challenge and change appalling experiences of health and social care services. The paper goes on to illustrate this dynamic concept of leadership; the importance of networking with other users and carers, and, skills in enabling professionals to change. Argument and Conclusion: ‘Professional leadership’ is one of the domains of the UK Professional Capabilities Framework for social work defined as facilitated learning to include service users, carers and others involved.The call for a learning culture is not new and its application in complex practice and crisis points remains a current challenge. In contrast, the concept of Leadership discussed in this paper is grounded in experience and resonates with aspects of contemporary ethical, distributed and complex models of leadership but extends beyond organisations. Finally the paper raises the issue of learning opportunities available to experts by experience and the responsibilities for higher education and service providers to strengthen and support people in this complex role.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 09:42
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 17:13
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/25696

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