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Launch of the Trainee Nurse Associate Course 2016

The University of Wolverhampton has become one of the first Universities to develop and launch the Trainee Nurse Associate Course.

The SUCCESS group were involved right from the start with the devlopement of this course, sitting on the recutiment interview panels, presenting at the launch of the course and at the student inductions. SUCCESS are also involved in some of the classroom sessions for this course.

TNA launch 2016

Lived Experience Network Showcase Press Release

 FEHW host the best ever Lived Experience Network (LEN) National Showcase Event

The Faculty was invited to host the 11th Showcase event on behalf of the Lived Experience Network (LEN) which is an international network of people with a shared interest in patient and public involvement in higher education. Its purpose is to enhance and improve student and practitioner education, patient and carer experience and associated research in health and social care. 

 The Showcase event took place on Thursday 30th June at the City Campus and attracted delegates from across the country including Universities from as far apart as Leeds and Bournemouth, practice partners and local decision makers.

 The event was opened by Jools Symmons, National Coordinator for the LEN who announced she was “delighted with the warm welcome they had received in Wolverhampton and was looking forward to the packed 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. 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 students education.‌

LEN Press relase photo

Professor Lang went on to acknowledge the hard work put in to make the event so successful and in particular the outstanding contribution made by Rupy Pandaal, the Faculty Co-ordinator for Service User and Carer Engagement  and his assistant Kirsty Wood, for organising this national conference.  She added, “… the programme was wonderfully supported by our SUCCESS group and truly demonstrated that the Faculty is in the vanguard of service user and carer involvement in HE. I was proud to hear delegates commenting that this was an outstanding programme and the best ever LEN Showcase Event experience”.‌

Nursing Times Awards

Innovative nursing teaching shortlisted for award

Collaborative teaching has led to the University of Wolverhampton being shortlisted for a national nursing education award.

The University is shortlisted as a finalist for the Teaching Innovation of the Year in the Student Nursing Times Awards 2015. The  programme of teaching is listed as ‘Collaborative SUCCESS’ and builds on the wider work that is being progressed as part of service users and carers contributing to the education of students for services.

Senior Mental Health Nursing Lecturer Alison Geeson, from the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing, is being recognised for her approach to teaching.

She leads sessions involving ‘Expert Patient Panels’ from whom student nurses can learn about real patient experiences and how people manage and cope with their condition. These Panels are drawn from the University’s own SUCCESS group which is a group of service users and carers who contribute to the education of students by drawing on their own real life experiences of health and social care services.

This collaborative approach includes patients, students and educators working together. It provides a good learning experience for students, which has a positive impact on patient care.

She said: “Student nurses have been very positive about the session, saying it has made them think about their approach to listening to the patient in practice. I now have a network of students who are championing the collaborative teaching approach''.

Sheila Dixon, Head of Mental Health Nursing commented, “I am thrilled that the work we are doing has been recognised as an innovative example of teaching and has been shortlisted and I am very much looking forward to the awards''

The Awards are being held at the Hilton Hotel in London on May 7th 2015.

Public and Patient Involvement Conference - Press Release

University to host National Health Conference

The University of Wolverhampton will be hosting a national conference to help shape the future of healthcare.

The event, to be held at Walsall Campus, will feature influential speakers and expert panelists with extensive experience of public involvement across the NHS.

The aim is to provide insight and understanding into how the experiences of service users and their carers can be harnessed in order to help shape health and care services around their needs.

Key contributors will offer a number of differing perspectives on how higher education institutions and NHS providers and commissioners can rise to current challenges within the sector.‌

Conference 2014 on success webpage in New and and Events

 

Key contributors will offer a number of differing perspectives on how higher education institutions and NHS providers and commissioners can rise to current challenges within the sector.

Professor Linda Lang, Dean of the Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing said: “The conference will explore developments across the new healthcare world as trusts, clinical commissioning groups and the wider NHS begin to develop their responses to the need for public and patient involvement.”

Rupy Pandaal, Faculty Service User and Carer Strategy Coordinator added, “ This responsibility is ever increasingly defined by regulating bodies and by statute for these sectors and the conference will share successful approaches to these challenges.”

The University’s own SUCCESS group (service users and carers contributing to educating students for services) will also be showcasing some of the work they have contributed to this agenda, which has been commended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council following its review of our Adult Nursing and Health Visiting programmes earlier this year.

Speakers will include Dr Katherine Rake, Chief Executive, Healthwatch England; Dr Mark Newbold, Chief Executive of Heart of England NHS Trust; Professor Janice Stevens CBE, Managing Director of Health Education West Midlands and Giles Wilmore, Director for Patient and Public Voice and Information at NHS England.

Educating for SUCCESS – Article

Much has been written recently about highlighting care and compassion as key ingredients for delivering better nursing care and health services generally. The University of Wolverhampton is at the forefront of initiatives to help develop health and care professionals who understand better the needs of the service users and carers they will be serving. The University’s Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing is committed to bringing the service user and carer voice in as a key component of all of its’ teaching programmes through its’ SUCCESS Group (Service Users and Carers Contributing to Educating Students for Service) to  increase the awareness of its’ students as part of their education and training

The Faculty educates health and social care professionals many of whom gain employment in  local health trusts, local authorities and care providers. Rupy Pandaal, Service User and Carer Strategy Co-ordinator, commented “We are harnessing the experiences of service users and carers through the SUCCESS Group to help develop critical, reflective and innovative social work and healthcare practitioners that are able to respond to the changing needs of service users and their carers both now and in the future”.

The SUCCESS Group is involved in a number of different ways including recounting individual experiences of health and care services (good and bad) , helping to review teaching materials and sitting on interview panels for student recruitment for nursing and social work courses. Group members have also participated in Expert Patient Panel discussions with students and focus groups run by lecturers to gain deeper insight for students into service user and carer experiences.

Commenting on these exciting developments, Professor Linda Lang, Dean of Faculty, said “.....we are pleased to have secured this project through external funding from Education Commissioning for Quality (ECQ). We  believe the foundations are now in place to deliver this strategy and help make a difference to the experience of service users and carers in the future by drawing on their real life experiences in the education of our students. Feedback on the impact this is making is very positive from a number of areas and most importantly from our students”

SUCCESS and staff faculty

‌ For more information about the SUCCESS Group please contact Kirsty Wood, Service User and Carer Engagement Assistant, at the University on 01902 323032.

Pictured left are some members of the SUCCESS Group in a discussion group with staff from the Faculty.

Events

Details of our events are listed below

SUCCESS Forum 2017

The SUCCESS group's Forum 2017 will be taking place in September.

Further details will be posted in due course.

LEN Showcase 2016

The Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing was invited to host the Lived Experience Network (LEN) Showcase event in June- this is an international network of universities that are engaged with service user and carer involvement in professional health and social care programmes to meet the requirements of the governing bodies.

The Showcase event was an opportunity for us to share our work and best practice ideas and it took place on Thursday 30th June ( 9.30 am to 3.30pm) at City Campus.

The programme included an introduction and welcome from Professor Linda Lang, Dean of Faculty and presentations from our SUCCESS Group (service users and carers), academics, students and partners about different aspects of service user and carer involvement across FEHW.

The event was very well attended with over 50 people registered including representatives from other universities, practice partners, and Health Education England.

For more information see the Press Release.

Videos and presentations will be uploaded soon.

SUCCESS Forum 2015

'Collaborative Learning - Breaking New Ground'

The SUCCESS group’s Forum 2015 was themed “Collaborative learning – Breaking New Ground”. Planned, put together and delivered by SUCCESS group members the aim was to showcase different ways in which the three parts of the triangle, service users/carers, students and academics, have developed innovative ways of contributing to the student learning experience.

The Forum itself featured contributions on the day from representatives of each of the 3 areas with the highlight being a Scenario developed to show the importance of Inter – Professional Learning.

Evaluations showed that the event was well received and considered to be a hugely successful example of collaborative working.

The programme for the Forum 2015 (PDF 27K, Downloads file)

Clips from Forum presentations can be found here, (video).

Public and Patient Involvement Conference 2014

'Sharing Experiences to Inspire Excellence'

The Faculty organised and hosted its’ first ever national conference on Public and Patient Involvement which took place on Friday 19 September 2014 at The Performance Hub ( Walsall Campus).

The conference aims were to provide insight and understanding into harnessing the experiences of service users and their carers in order to help shape health and care services around their needs. Designed for anyone involved in seeking to capture the public and patient voice in health and social care, the conference offered a number of differing perspectives on how higher education institutions (HEIs), NHS providers and commissioners can rise to the post-Francis challenges through the innovative involvement of service users and carers.

The conference featured workshops, a poster competition and keynote presentations from eminent national and regional speakers:

Professor Janice Stevens  in News and Events on success web pages

 

Professor Janice Stevens CBE, DSc(Hons)MA, RGN

Managing Director of Health Education West Midlands

“The value and benefit of real Patient and Public involvement”

Patient and Public involvement Presetation (PDF 2,201K, Downloads file)

 

Mark Newbold 1

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Dr Mark Newbold,  Chief Executive, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

“Public and Patient involvement for service improvement”

 

Katherine Rake  

Dr Katherine Rake OBE, Chief Executive, Healthwatch England

 ''Putting people back into the reform of health and social care''

 


Director for Patient and Public Voice, NHS England

Giles Wilmore, Director for Patient and Public Voice, NHS England

“Promoting better public and patient participation in the NHS”

It was considered a huge success with attendance from providers, commissioners, service users and carers and academics from groups and organisations across the country.

The conference programme (PDF 173K, Downloads file)

Video of the conference can be found here