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Exploring a collaborative approach to the involvement of patients, carers and the public in the initial education and training of healthcare professionals: A qualitative study of patient experiences

Scott, Lesley, Hardisty, Jessica, Cussons, Hannah, Davison, Kathryn, Driscoll, Helen, Powell, Suzanne and Sturrock, Andrew (2021) Exploring a collaborative approach to the involvement of patients, carers and the public in the initial education and training of healthcare professionals: A qualitative study of patient experiences. Health Expectations. ISSN 1369-7625

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Abstract: Objective: This study aimed to explore patients' experiences of their involvement in the design and delivery of interprofessional education interventions focussing on mental ill‐health for students studying in undergraduate healthcare and healthcare‐related programmes. Design: A qualitative methodology using a Grounded Theory approach was used to undertake an iterative series of focus groups with members of a university's Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) Group who have a history of mental ill‐health and were involved in the development and delivery of educational interventions for students on undergraduate healthcare and healthcare‐related programmes. Their experiences of being involved in teaching and learning activities, collaboration with academic staff and integration into the academic faculty were explored. Constant comparative analysis facilitated the identification and prioritisation of salient themes. Results: Five salient inter‐related themes emerged from the data: (1) reduced stigma and normalisation of experience of illness; (2) enhanced self‐worth; (3) improved well‐being; (4) community and connection; and (5) enduring benefits. Conclusions: A supportive university community and a designated academic PCPI co‐ordinator facilitate a supportive environment for patients and carers to develop as educators, contribute to the training of future healthcare professionals and improve their own personal well‐being. Appropriately resourced and well‐supported initiatives to integrate patients, carers and the public into the functions of an academic faculty can result in tangible benefits to individuals and facilitate meaningful and enduring connections between the university and the wider community within which it is situated. Patient and Public Involvement: Patients have been involved in the design of the teaching and learning initiatives that this study was primarily focused on. Patients were given autonomy in determining how their experiences should be incorporated into teaching and learning experiences.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Wiley via Jisc Publications Router ** History: received 15-03-2021; rev-recd 13-07-2021; accepted 18-07-2021; pub-electronic 08-08-2021. ** Licence for VoR version of this article:
Uncontrolled Keywords: ORIGINAL ARTICLE, ORIGINAL ARTICLES, interprofessional education, mental health, patient involvement
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Item ID: 13811
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Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2021 09:15
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2021 09:15


Author: Lesley Scott ORCID iD
Author: Jessica Hardisty ORCID iD
Author: Kathryn Davison ORCID iD
Author: Helen Driscoll ORCID iD
Author: Andrew Sturrock ORCID iD
Author: Hannah Cussons
Author: Suzanne Powell

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences

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