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Service User Involvement: Enriching the Learning Experience

Leckey, Jill, Walters, Phil and Holt, Barrie (2008) Service User Involvement: Enriching the Learning Experience. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 5 (1). pp. 35-49. ISSN 1743-6885

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Recent policy initiatives e.g. The Health Care Commission (2005) have promoted the idea that services should be developed in collaboration with the service users, to meet the needs of those using them, to improve health and health care for everyone. Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (2006) further supported this and pointed out that some aspects of the mental health services should take direction from the service users. Based on the principle that if service delivery is characterised by an ethos of collaboration, then such collaboration must also be the bedrock of mental health education (Tew et al 2004). This paper purports that by virtue of the service user’s experience of mental distress and service provision, they offer valuable knowledge and expertise to enrich the Mental Health nursing
students learning experience collaboratively. This paper considers a historical perspective of the issues, shares some positive examples of good
practice around involvement and inclusion considering the conflicting tensions that became complementary and how this helped, in developing
an enriching learning experience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Service User, Collaboration, Involvement, Education Services, Complexity, Support.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 10:02
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2015 21:45


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