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Cathy Sullivan, Pauline Morgan

Pauline Morgan and Cathy Sullivan have worked collaboratively to take forward their original concept of an electronic Assessment of Professional Practice (eAoPP). They have taken the project from an idea to implementation and initial positive evaluation with the first group of students and practice assessors.  The eAoPP is a hybrid electronic assessment of practice portfolio combined with a range of Professional Development tools, to enhance graduate skills and future employability within a single online environment.

The eAoPP is designed to support Professional development by providing a secure record of competence achievement for professional practice. The eAoPP links to the requirements of the relevant professional bodies' competences and skills. Programme leads, academic tutors, practice educators, and students can have instant online access to enter data and view tallies and charts of cumulative clinical competencies that need to be achieved in each practice experience and over the course.

Sandra Walker

Sandy Walker has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's teaching award 2013 for her work since joining the faculty in 2011. Her on-going PhD research coupled with 24 years of clinical experience in mental health, several of which were in the specialist area of self-harm,  put Sandy in a unique position with regards to teaching potential. 

As a keen proponent of public engagement Sandy responded to the call for ‘Ask the Expert' sessions last year and developed a session based on her research called ‘The Self-Harm Spectrum.' The stated aim of this session is to broaden thinking around the subject and begin to challenge the stigma and prejudice that surrounds it in society at large. This session was quickly requested by local schools/colleges and delivered where possible resulting in some extraordinary feedback.

Additionally, on a voluntary basis in the community, Sandy is the coordinator of the Hampshire Human Library http://goodmentalhealth.org.uk/human-library-events an international movement aimed at challenging stigma and prejudice wherever it exists in society.

The first ‘Self-Harm Spectrum' workshop was delivered to 2nd year undergraduate students from the FoHS in collaboration with a person with lived experience of self-harm at the annual User/Carer conference which Sandy coordinates since 2012. Additionally there was a human library as part of the conference on this day so that students could have small group conversations with the people with lived experience of stigma.

Due to her connections from practice and the Human Library Sandy is able to regularly engage people with lived experience of mental health issues as part of her teaching.

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