LSBU seeks to revolutionise participation in health and social care through a People’s Academy
18 March 2015
the need to increase patient and public involvement in the delivery of health
and social care services increases, the new People's Academy will become a hub
for people who have experience of health and social care services at LSBU.
Those who are
engaged in the activities of the School - including members of its committees, those
who have been participants in its research, and who have had a hand in developing
the curriculum and teaching will be eligible for membership.
individuals will then pass on their knowledge to new members, building a renewable
community based on participation and engagement with the university.
bringing in the opinions of health and social care users and their carers on
the services that affect their lives, the aim of the Academy will be to develop
a generation of professionals who appreciate the importance of engagement with
patients and the public in education, healthcare delivery and quality improvement.
of Mental Health Nursing & Practice Innovation Sally Hardy - who is
spearheading the project for LSBU - said: "There is currently no other People's
Academy model in the higher education sector as most exist in employment and
the inclusion of peer support and consumer opinion in measuring and monitoring
quality, the new People's Academy at LSBU will capitalize on improved health
and wellbeing for all, as we all have a role to play in shaping how we modernise
health and social care services.
at LSBU has always been informed by our research, and the Academy can offer a
recognized place to hold and recruit to focus groups, seek research advice and
other academic activities from the earliest stages of projects developments,
from a user and carer perspective.
"Our vision is to become a recognised
resource for people participation in health and social care that helps to
tackle real life issues from the people who know first-hand about using those