The Impact of Service Users and Carers within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Jim Dooher
De Montfort University Leicester
Patient and Public Involvement

Summary

To construct an evaluation that addresses a need to explore the impact of Service Users and Carers within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Two groups of service users and carers have been engaged to help shape curriculum development, strategy, recruitment and module content. The aim of this study is to critically consider their introduction and impact by:

  • Exploring lecturer attitudes and perceptions to the introduction of service users and carers
  • Exploring student attitudes and perceptions to the introduction of service users and carers
  • Exploring service users and carers attitudes and perceptions of their involvement

The overall objective is to provide evidence to either justify the maintenance and or development of this initiative, or to withdraw financial and practical investment and minimise or curtail future development depending on the outcome. We do however anticipate a favourable response but cannot predict the outcome.

What are the Aims?

The results will be used to best utilise the service user and carer resource within the Faculty.

Who was/is involved?

The two service user and carer groups within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences have co produced the evaluation and the associated tools.

What has changed/will change?

We hope that the results justify the investment of resources and strengthen the participation and involvement of service users and carers at all levels, ensuring our students recognise that the patient and their family are at the centre of everything we do.

What lessons have we learnt?

Senior Managers in the Faculty are very supportive of greater involvement and have been prepared to invest resources to ensure that the “patients” voice is heard.

Contact details

Jim Dooher jdooher@dmu.ac.uk