HSMC wins university teaching award

Two members of HSMC's staff, together with a colleague from the Institute of Applied Social Studies (IASS) have been recognised for their innovation in teaching with a university award.  Jo Ellins and Shirley McIver, joint coordinators for the HSMC module - Public and User Involvement in Health Care - and Joy Fillingham, user and carer coordinator at IASS, worked together to re-design the first day of the module as a participatory workshop, bringing the principles and practice of partnership working into the heart of the teaching approach.

Students work in small groups on a day-long practical activity with service users or carers who live in the local area.  The activity is designed to promote collaborative learning and to give students an opportunity to hear first-hand how it feels to use health services, drawing on these insights to consider how services can be re-designed to be more person-centred.  Above all, the aim is for participants to work together in a group, breaking down 'us' and 'them' barriers, and creating an opportunity to explore shared views and experiences.