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Service user and carer involvement in mental health training, education and research: Findings from a study conducted in West Yorkshire

Minogue, Virginia (2009) Service user and carer involvement in mental health training, education and research: Findings from a study conducted in West Yorkshire. In: Degrees of Independence: Providing inclusive learning in Higher Education, 16th - 17th April 2009, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK. (Unpublished)

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The paper will describe a collaborative study, lead by service users and carers, of service user and carers involvement in mental health education and training within Higher Education Institutes, and NHS research undertaken in 2008. This comprised of a literature review and a scoping study across the 3 specialist mental health NHS Trusts and 4 Universities in West Yorkshire in 2008. The latter involved a survey of senior managers in all the organisations, interviews and focus groups with service users and carers involved in teaching and research. It looked at the impact and value of having service users and carers involved on students, mental health services, and the user and carer.

The study examined the effectiveness of service user and carer involvement from the service user and carer, professional and policy perspective. It aimed to determine whether it was possible to define and measure effective and meaningful service user and carer involvement. It also sought to discover which processes and strategies were most effective in achieving meaningful involvement.

The paper will outline the findings of the study including barriers to involvement, good practice and suggestions for the future.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: The idea for the conference arose from a Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) research project in the School of Human and Health Sciences on ‘Enhancing transitions for disabled students’. The project had funding for dissemination, and it was decided that a vibrant, student-centred event for disabled students would be in keeping with the spirit of the project. Working closely with the University of Huddersfield Students’ Union, a two day event was planned, to provide opportunities for student-only space as well as for students to present academic papers alongside staff. The first day was student-led event, and the second a more traditional academic conference, sharing the same themes and concerns. In keeping with the aim of the conference, the TQEF funding was used to provide free places for students (and their personal assistants) and also free accommodation, to allow students from outside the region to attend
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Graham Stone
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2010 12:46
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 22:07


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