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Centre for Public Engagement’s inaugural conference is a success.

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The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education’s Centre for Public Engagement held a successful inaugural conference on ‘Patient and Public Involvement in Higher Education: What does it look like?’

The conference, hosted at St George’s University on 17th September, was targeted at education staff and sought to address the issue of how to successfully involve patients and the public in the design and delivery of health and social care education.

Former Dean of the Faculty, Fiona Ross, kicked off proceedings by explaining the developments in patient and public involvement (PPI) which originally led to the establishment of the Centre for Public Engagement.

Mary Elford of Health Education England reinforced the message that NHS England expected patients and the public to be involved in the design and delivery of services and education.
Michael Guthrie from the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) also outlined a Standard of Education and Training (SET) that has been developed using research undertaken by staff from the Centre for Public Engagement. This SET requires all courses that fall under the regulatory umbrella of the HCPC to involve service users in their design and delivery.

Alison Baverstock, in her role as KU Civic Engagement Co-ordinator, explained how the Centre for Public Engagement supported Kingston University’s commitment to engaging with the wider community.

Other speakers gave presentations on patient and public involvement in the design and delivery of education, including:

  • Service user involvement in a therapeutic intervention course
    Mary Chambers, Director of the Centre for Public Engagement
  • Service user involvement in the assessment of students
    Theo Stickely and Gemma Stacey, University of Nottingham and Julie Gosling, Making Waves and Advocacy in Action

To conclude the day, Chairperson Andy Kent, St George’s University of London Dean of Education, noted that the conference showed how the issue of PPI in education found expression in policy, in regulatory requirements and in various innovative ways within education practice. He encouraged people to look out for details of next year’s Centre for Public Engagement conference, which will be on the theme of PPI in research.