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Service user involvement in mental health practitioner education in Ireland

Higgins, A., Maguire, G., Watts, M. , Creaner, M., McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204, Rani, S. & Alexander, J. (2011). Service user involvement in mental health practitioner education in Ireland. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18(6), pp. 519-525. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01698.x

Abstract

In recent years, there is an ever increasing call to involve people who use mental health services in the development, delivery and evaluation of education programmes. Within Ireland, there is very little evidence of the degree of service user involvement in the educational preparation of mental health practitioners. This paper presents the findings on service user involvement in the education and training of professionals working in mental health services in Ireland. Findings from this study indicate that in the vast majority of courses curricula are planned and delivered without consultation or input from service users. Currently the scope of service user involvement is on teaching, with little involvement in curriculum development, student assessment and student selection. However, there is evidence that this is changing, with many respondents indicating an eagerness to move this agenda forward.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2011 Blackwell Publishing. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Higgins, A., Maguire, G., Watts, M. , Creaner, M., McCann, E. , Rani, S. & Alexander, J. (2011). Service user involvement in mental health practitioner education in Ireland. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 18(6), pp. 519-525, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01698.x. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: Ireland, mental health, multidisciplinary education, service user involvement, survey research
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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