Health event showcases international collaboration

The University of Wolverhampton hosted a health Showcase Event on behalf of the Lived Experience Network (LEN) recently which attracted delegates from health practice partners, local decision makers and universities from all over the country.

The Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing was invited to host the 11th Showcase Event for the LEN which brings together an international network of people and organisations that have a shared interest in patient and public involvement in higher education.

The event is designed to enhance and improve student and practitioner education, patient and carer experience and associated research in health and social care.

Jools Symmons, National Coordinator for the LEN, opened the Showcase Event and said: “We are delighted with the warm welcome we have received in Wolverhampton and look forward to the extremely varied programme highlighting the exceptional contributions of service users and carers to the learning of students who will become tomorrow’s practice professionals.”

Professor Linda Lang, Dean of the Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing, gave the welcome address to delegates and emphasised the absolute need for service users and carers to be engaged as equals in the co- production of teaching and learning across the Faculty.

She said: “The programme of presentations from the Faculty SUCCESS Group (service users and carers), academics, students and practice partners was designed to demonstrate our ground breaking work and showcase that we are at the forefront of these collaborations in research and student education.

“Our Faculty has been instrumental in advocating service user and carer involvement in Higher Education and I would like to acknowledge the contribution made by Rupy Pandaal, the Faculty’s Co-ordinator for Service User and Carer Involvement in bringing the event to Wolverhampton and pulling together such a fantastic programme. I was proud to hear delegates commenting that this was an outstanding programme and the best ever LEN Showcase Event experience.”

Picture caption: Sheila Dixon, Head of Mental Health and Learning Disability (left) leads one of the workshops at the Showcase

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Date Issued: 26th July 2016

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