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Evaluating Involvement: the student and carer perspective.

McIntosh, Gwenne


Gwenne McIntosh


There continues to be a growing expectation that Higher Education Institutions providing nurse education should do so in partnership with both service users and carers (NES 2008a, b, & c, NMC 2010). Currently mental health nursing programmes in the UK have a variable level of involvement of both service users and family carers in the recruitment and selection of students and in the programme teaching.
Despite this involvement, people who provide services in health care settings are reported to continue to hold negative attitudes towards true partnership working and these attitudes are reported to stand in the way of making progress in relation to meaningful service user and carer involvement and in adherence to policies related to the shaping of contemporary mental health care (Warne & Stark 2004, Warne & McAndrew 2007). Educating the nurses of tomorrow in a way that not only models and advocates involvement but also provides opportunities for active and meaningful involvement could be seen as the much needed catalyst for the culture change needed in clinical practice (Breeze et al. 2005).
This concurrent session will give an overview of two studies, one where the student nurse perspective of user and carer involvement in the education programme is explored (McIntosh 2011 unpublished) and indicated the involvement of family carers in the education programme has the potential to bring about transformative learning in relation to students appreciation of carers role, expertise and value in the carer/service user/nurse relationship and the findings of a current study that explores the family carer perspective of involvement where the preliminary findings generate consideration to the reasons why carers contribute to nurse education and what they hope it achieves.


McIntosh, G. (2015, August). Evaluating Involvement: the student and carer perspective. Paper presented at NPNR conference

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name NPNR conference
Start Date Aug 1, 2015
End Date Aug 1, 2015
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Mar 3, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Patient care; involvement; nurse education; carers; mental health nursing;
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