Authors: Julia Bocking
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Research & Evaluation Informing Practice,Lived Experience, Recovery,Change, Innovation, Reform
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: COMMUNE is an innovative three-year research project between five European universities and the University of Canberra. It aims to create a co-produced learning module to be taught as part of the tertiary mental health nursing curricula. The resistance to consumer participation in the delivery of services is well documented, as is the negative attitudes to towards consumers held by many clinical professionals. This project is taking a different approach.
An academic from each of the universities have partnered with a consumer to ensure the entire product is co-produced. The module content is drawn from focus groups held with consumers to determine the characteristics of an ideal mental health nurse. The data was analysed thematically by a consumer academic. The team met in Iceland in May 2017 to compare our analyses and draft the module. Consumers had our own meetings as well as the formal agenda. Once the module is finalised it will be taught by a consumer educator. It is hoped this approach will embed recovery in new mental health nurses, both in attitude and practice. Consumer perspectives added huge value to this exciting research.
Learning Objective 1: The key challenges and benefits of co-produced work.
Learning Objective 2: Current consumer perspectives on the features of an effective mental health nurse.
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Moxham, L., McCann, T., Usher, K., Farrell, G & Crookes, P. (2011). Mental health nursing education in preregistration nursing curricula: A national report. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Vol 20, no 4. Pp 232-236
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