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Who are our Faculty leads?

In the first of a series of newsletter profiles, we will be introducing each of the Faculty leads, describing what they do in their lead role and examples of the impact they are making as part of that role.

This first profile introduces our Faculty lead for Patient and Public Involvement.

Faculty lead profile:Trevor Kettle

Main role:mental health lecturer

Faculty lead role: Patient and Public Involvement.

Trevor leads on the development and implementation of a comprehensive patient and public involvement (PPi) strategy for the Faculty and promotes good practice guidance.

Sharing expertise

Within this role Trevor has formed the Experts by Experience (EbE) reference group which meets quarterly.  The group consists of a wide variety of patient organisations and individual expert patients and members are currently involved in curriculum and module development and the recruitment activities for nurses.

Group members include Peter Oleski of Age UK, Margaret Bramall of the Stroke Association and representatives from Healthwatch, Self-Management UK and, Rethink mental illness, as well as experienced service users, student and other Health Sciences colleagues.  

Trevor comments that “Historically, involving patients in academia has always been important but limited in its scope. By establishing this new reference group I hope to have created an ongoing resource which can make strategic contributions throughout Health Sciences and beyond.”

Patient contribution

A recent example of the group’s contribution was the 2013 Employability Conference where a patient panel was assembled and chaired by a service-user member of the group.  The panel presented an opportunity for students to ask questions and explore what it is that patients look for in newly qualified practitioners. Feedback from this event was extremely impressive and it’s hoped that it can be repeated in 2014.

Recently EbE member Peter Oleski represented the group on a scrutiny panel for the approval of an academic teaching module. Similar opportunities for group members are set to include involvement in the iTALK programme scrutiny event.

Four members of the group also contributed to the stakeholder event for the healthcare professional curriculum review currently taking place. Their contributions were positively received by all present.

Valuable resources

The group has been running for a year now (in June 2014) and is a valuable resource for academics. It’s open to new members from a wide a variety of backgrounds as possible and, if you have someone to recommend, or want to know more, please get in touch with Trevor, tjk1@soton.ac.uk.

Trevor is also a member of the Lived Experience Network (LEN), run by the Higher Education Academy set up to share good practise. He will be presenting a paper on how the group has supported academics at the Nursing Education Today conference, as well as his own research on the subject of PPI in education, in September this year.

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