Involvement in midwifery education: Experiences from a service user and carer partnership

Authors: Hughes, M., Warren, A., Fry, J. and Cescutti-Butler, L.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31319/

Journal: British Journal of Midwifery

Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.

ISSN: 0969-4900

This paper provides a critical reflection on the experiences of a service user and carer partnership in addressing the requirements and challenges of meaningfully involving women and their families in midwifery education. Three approaches are shared including: use of social media and consulting with community groups and organisations; direct involvement and developing digital resources.

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Authors: Warren, A., Hughes, M., Fry, J. and Cescutti-Butler, L.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31319/

Journal: British Journal of Midwifery

Volume: 25

Issue: 8

Pages: 524-530

ISSN: 0969-4900

DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2017.25.8.524

© 2017 MA Healthcare Ltd. This article provides a critical reflection on the experiences of the Bournemouth University Public Involvement in Education and Research (PIER) partnership in developing approaches to involving service users and user groups within midwifery programmes of education; an NMC requirement since 2009. Specific models and activities are explored, including using social media to consult with expectant and new parents; organising direct conversations between women, their families, academics and students to explore experiences such as grief and loss and the use of support networks during pregnancy; and developing digital resources to create real, in depth and meaningful case studies. Three key benefits to having meaningful and well supported involvement are identified: Emotional impact and the opportunity to develop insight and resilience; knowledge impact and the opportunity to better understand the application of theory; and practical impact, which can lead to tangible changes to students' subsequent practice.

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