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How users and carers view their involvement in nurse education

User and carer participation in health care is central to care planning and delivery. From an educational perspective, their input is beneficial in terms of enhancing the quality of the education process. The study reported in this paper explored the experiences of user and carer participation in nurse education from the perspective of the key stakeholders involved in the process. By pinpointing key issues of concern for participants, the study aims to help inform the ongoing development of practice in this area.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

Standard six: caring about carers

Sixth in the series on the National Service Framework, this article describes a national education and support programme for carers developed by the National Schizophrenia Fellowship.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

Black and minority ethnic people with dementia and their access to support and services

This briefing provides an overview of the research literature on the barriers currently facing black and minority ethnic (BME) people in accessing dementia care services. It also looks at some of the ways in which services can become better at responding to the needs of (BME) people in their local area. The briefing begins by outlining the main issues and why it is important to address existing barriers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

Direct and indirect support for carers: patterns of support for informal caregivers to elderly people in Sweden

This study examines what support services are offered to informal caregivers and whether the support is aimed directly or indirectly at the carers. Data were collected by means of two mail questionnaires in a Swedish county. The first questionnaire was aimed at each municipality in the region. The second questionnaire was sent to a random sample of 284 voluntary organizations in the region. Only the municipalities proved to have relief services, day care centres and two forms of payment for carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:15

Training for Jobcentre Plus: meeting the needs of carers

This article discusses the aims and objectives of the new working-age agency, Jobcentre Plus, and the challenges faced by staff in the former Employment Service and Benefits Agency in delivering on its vision of a work-focused service designed to reach 'hard to help' groups. It looks at the training needs of staff involved in the new service, and how the Jobcentre Plus Stakeholder Forum contributed to identifying them. It considers some of the early successes and problems in this process, and then goes on to explore the needs of one particular client group, carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:14

Involving service users and carers in psychiatric education: what do trainees think?

In 2004 the Royal College of Psychiatrists made it clear that it was committed to increasing the involvement of service users and carers throughout psychiatric education. This has been mandatory since June 2005 and it has been a compulsory aspect of psychiatric training for schemes to demonstrate a meaningful involvement of users and carers in the training of psychiatrists.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:14

Exploring the meaning of recovery for carers: implications for social work practice

This paper describes the impact that learning about recovery has on mental health carers, exploring the implications of this research for UK social work and beyond. A steering group co-produced a training intervention on recovery that was delivered by the first author and a carer, both with experiences of recovery, to eleven carers. Mainly qualitative data, with supplementary socio-demographic data, were collected to evaluate the impact of this training. Thematic analysis was applied to the data.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Social work education case study: Anglia Ruskin University

Service users, carers and academics describe participation in the social work degree at Anglia Ruskin University. It looks at the different ways that users and carers are involved in the course, the importance of the university providing appropriate training and support, the benefits students get from contact with users and carers and what users and carers gain from the experience. The film will be of interest to social work educators, social work students, service users and carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Social work education case study: Leeds University

Service users, carers and academics describe participation in the social work degree at Leeds University. It looks at the different ways that users and carers are involved in the course, including teaching, role-playing activities, marking students' work and the selection process for students applying to on the course. It also looks at the importance of the university providing appropriate training and support, the benefits students get from contact with users and carers and what users and carers gain from the experience.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Learning with families: a training resource

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has developed a training resource with a difference - family carers, who are also encouraged to deliver the training alongside professionals, developed the contents to train staff working in learning disability services.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13