Public Engagement in Nursing (PEN) Advisory Group

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This group meets every 6 to 8 weeks.

The aspiration for greater public engagement within the School of Nursing is continually being developed; this now currently informed by members of the PEN Group. Service users and Carers are highly valued and seen as a beneficial resource that can provide unique expertise and knowledge which balances the nursing professional and scientific knowledge provided within our existing faculty here at the University of Birmingham.

What does the group do?...

This group provides feedback to nursing lecturers, helps to generate ideas and direction relating to service user and carer involvement in our nursing degree programme activities. Initially by meeting with nurse lecturers, nursing students, clinically based nurses and discussing nurse education and nurse research. This group is working toward helping to write policies for example, how to involve, support and reward people who want to be involved with developing our nursing educational programmes. Members of the public are actively engaged with teaching our nursing students and developing other key nursing programme activities (e.g. admissions, recruitment, validation, curriculum design etc.)

The group critically reads and discusses things that concern nursing, and comment, or decide what they might mean for the School of Nursing, e.g. health care policies or reports, programme forms, research, curriculum developments etc. Guidance notes and process documents for use by service users, students and academic staff will be developed by the PEN Advisory Group to help support involvement activities and aid the development of public engagement within our nursing programmes. We are currently exploring making audios, videos and other materials of patient or carer experiences of nursing or health care to be used when people are thinking about becoming a student nurse and that could be used at our open days and within student nurse student interviews. Between meetings, group members might be required to find out and think about information relevant to our nurse education and research activities.

PEB Group membership comprises...

Aprella

Fitch (Chair)

PEN group chairman and patient governor; Patient &   Carer Council, UHB

Mark

Hughes

Lecturer & BNurs Academic Lead for the PEN group

Jessica

Edwards

 

Valerie

Egan

Service user & member of Birmingham Epilepsy Social   Club

Sandra

Haynes MBE (Deputy Chair)

PEN Deputy chairman; Representative for Patient &   Carer Council for wards at UHB for 6 years.

Public Governor for Northfield since 2012.

Brin

Helliwell 

Lay member of the CLAHRC7 and also Stroke CRN and   representing the National Stroke West Midlands. 

Lucy

Mason 

Student nurse (child field, 2ndyear)

Samantha Jessica

Hayley

Meade

Edwards

Rogers

 

Student nurse (adult field, 2ndyear)

Student (child field, 3rdyear)

Student nurse (adult field, 3rdyear)

Gordon

Parsons

Recovered Mental Health Services User

Shaunagh

Wand 

Retired nurse

Graham

Bunch

Public Governor, University of Hospitals NHS Foundation   Trust, member of the Patient Care and Council Wards, member of CLAHRC1. 

Tony

Devaney

Member of SureSearch, Service   User Researcher/Consultant

Nick

Flint 

Patient & Carer Council, UHB

Shirley         

Turner

Patient Governor and Patient Carer Council for UHB.  

Paul

Roberts

Representative with a focus on mental illness within   Worcestershire, fellow service user with SureSearch, and an Associate Lecturer   at University of Birmingham. 

Carol

Russell 

Carer of Disabled Child. 

If you wish to join in within any of the activities mentioned above then please contact: 

Mark Hughes
Lecturer,
Room EF12, Nursing dept.,
East wing 1st floor,
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Tel. 0121 414 7502

E-mail: m.j.hughes@bham.ac.uk