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Involving mental health service users and careers in curriculum development : moving beyond 'classroom' involvement.

  Recent policy statements that address the future priorities for nurse education have emphasized that service users and carers should be actively engaged in partnerships with education professionals in all aspects of the curriculum. The development of this agenda is well advanced; however, examples of ‘how to do it’ are sparse. The development of a strategy to involve users and carers in the design and delivery of the Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing at Napier University provided an opportunity to evaluate the process of developing partnerships in this area of nurse education. This paper presents the findings from a process evaluation from the various standpoints of the key interest groups. The overall project and evaluation is outlined, along with methodological and practical issues surrounding this type of ‘collaborative’ evaluation. The importance and satisfaction of practical aspects of the project are examined. The issues of representativeness, expertise in ‘involvement’ and the importance of the ‘process’ of involvement are explored. Finally, the challenges to developing ‘meaningful involvement’ that goes beyond ‘classroom involvement’ in nurse education are identified and discussed.

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Masters, H., Forrest, S., Harley, A., Hunter, M., Brown, N. & Risk, I. (2002). Involving mental health service users and careers in curriculum development : moving beyond 'classroom' involvement. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 9, 309-316. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2850.2002.00493.x. ISSN 1351-0126

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Carer ; education ; evaluation ; involvement;mental health ; service user

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