Rhodes, Christine and Powell, E. (2009) Service User Involvement in the Selection of Students. In: School of Human and Health Sciences Research Open Day, 27th March 2009, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK. (Unpublished)

Service user involvement in health and social care education is progressively accepted as good practice with legislation, policy and professional standards requiring evidence of involvement (NHS Centre for Involvement 2007).
• This presentation will report on the findings of a small scale study undertaken to evaluate the involvement of service users in the selection process for adult and child nursing.
• The aim of the research was to elicit the views of the three major stakeholders involved in the process; prospective students, academics and service users.
• A questionnaire was distributed to candidates and focus groups were held with academics and service users.
The findings suggest that service user involvement in the selection process was overall viewed positively. This was particularly valued by the candidates as it helped them understand what would be expected of them in practice with the view that service users were qualified to participate in the recruitment process due to their experiences. There was general agreement amongst the academics that user involvement was ‘a good thing’ however a number of issues were raised around the complexities involved in the process. Service users were very positive feeling truly involved and welcomed the opportunity to have some say on who is admitted to nursing programmes.

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