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Innovative, Service User led approaches to teaching and learning through inter-disciplinary workshops in health and social care

Ward, Lisa J., Rhodes, Christine and Balen, Rachel (2009) Innovative, Service User led approaches to teaching and learning through inter-disciplinary workshops in health and social care. In: Authenticity to Action - Involving Service Users and Carers in Higher Education Conference 2009, 4th - 6th November 2009, Grange-Over-Sands, UK. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper will explore how the Inter-Disciplinary Teaching and Learning of Health
    and Social Care Students at the University of Huddersfield is being enhanced
    through Service User involvement in workshops.
    Staff at the University of Huddersfield are always striving to improve the student
    experience. The workshops entitled ‘Mental Health: It’s Everyone’s Business’ had
    several objectives:
    • Innovative Teaching and Learning Experience
    • Inter-Disciplinary Learning for a wide range of Health and Social Care
    students including social work, adult nursing, midwifery, mental health and
    occupational therapy.
    • Workshops based upon ‘real’ narratives delivered by Service Users.
    The co-authors obtained funding for a one day workshop based in the School of
    Human and Health Sciences. The workshops were:
    Workshop A: An excerpt from the TV dramatization of Stuart: A Life Backwards (the
    biography of a homeless man who exhibits behaviours symptomatic of mental
    illness)
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    Workshop B: A social enterprise theatre group performs a scenario concerning an
    adult with depression, featuring responses from family, friends and employer.
    Workshop C: An interactive case study led by a service user and based on her
    experience of mania following childbirth. Her patient journey is narrated and
    ‘paused’ at key moments.
    The workshop will explain how the day was conceptualised and organised. The
    workshop will be participatory with two ‘mini’ workshops. The first will be an extract
    from ‘Stuart’ with facilitated discussions. The second will be a compacted version of
    Workshop C with the service user.
    The workshop will also discuss the very positive feedback received at these events.
    Finally, development in Inter-Disciplinary Teaching and Learning in the School will
    be discussed along with how the plans are being sustained in the school with the
    next group of Service Users Workshops entitled, ‘Mothers in Prison’.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
    Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
    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
    Teaching and Learning Institute
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    Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
    Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 15:00
    Last Modified: 07 Sep 2011 12:23
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/7083

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