Service Users and Carers are an integral and highly valued part of Health and Social Work student education at the School of Healthcare. Service Users and Carers participate in the design and delivery of courses, are involved in student recruitment, take part in lectures, course design, and are involved in assessment and evaluation of courses being delivered across undergraduate, masters, and post-qualifying training.
We hold bi-monthly Involvement Advisory Group (IAG) meetings, where staff, service users, and carers meet to discuss and plan student education activities as well as governance and course management issues. Visit the SUC website to learn more.
Education programmes at the School of Healthcare
We educate students on a range of undergraduate degree programmes with associated professional qualifications, as well as postgraduate degrees and certificates in continuing professional education. Courses include Adult Nursing, Child Nursing, Healthcare Sciences (Audiology and Cardiac Physiology), Midwifery, Mental Health, Radiography and Social Work. Our courses combine theory with assessed periods of practice, with involvement of Service Users and Carers and leading researchers in the field of healthcare.
How SUCs are involved
There are many ways that service users and carers can get involved in student education:
- Student recruitment and interviewing
- Developing, assessing, and validating teaching materials and courses
- Assisting healthcare research
- Enhancing student education experience by:
- Using personal experiences as a simulated patient to improve student clinical skills through role play
- Taking part in student assessments.
To see our Service Users talking about their work visit our Video stories here
How we support SUCs
We provide comprehensive training for all Service Users and Carers and help guide those who are interested in working with us to find areas of working that match their strengths and interests. We have a FAQ sheet to help explain our work, If you would like to get involved, please visit our contacts page