Health Voices

An exciting and innovative university and citizen initiative, Health Voices has a shared vision with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health, and the School of Allied Health Sciences to embed diverse voices at the heart and centre of health education and research.

Formerly the service user and carer group, Health Voices is an inclusive group listening to citizens, students, staff, charities, and communities. It has an aim of pro-actively addressing issues and experiences within health care services and ensuring that real-life concerns are at the heart of healthcare education, the group is involved in the creation, planning, delivery, and evaluation of many activities across health courses with a clear focus on the service user experience. It is actively involved in partnership with other agencies and groups in pursuing integrated care and coproduction.

These voices bring together a wealth of experience and knowledge to health care education, and are highly valued by students, course teams and placement providers. There is also the fantastic opportunity for students and staff to act as a representative for their course within Health Voices.

In particular, Citizens are able to contribute to many activities, such as:

  • Student selection
  • Programme design
  • Participating in meetings
  • Developing learning materials, creating videos and written resources
  • Sharing in learning, teaching and assessment sessions
  • Feedback evaluation

“Students who have begun their career in a partnership with patients will be more likely to listen to and respect patients to whom they deliver care in the future”

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  • Represented at admissions interview panels alongside the course teams, citizens form part of the decision around the suitability of an applicant.

  • In small groups or large conferences, personal experiences of health care are invaluable in promoting positive learning, critical thinking, and shaping practice.

  • Examples of this are where service participants observe and/or take part in student role play and provide feedback to the student. Students really appreciate this immediate feedback.

  • Learning materials, such as case studies or ‘top tips’ which are informed by people’s experience and knowledge make education more vital and engaging.

  • Health Voices are able to be involved in Student Voice Forums, where students, course teams and practice partners have the opportunity to share feedback and have a voice.

  • We encourage all to contribute with ideas for development, events, and discussion.

Get in touch

Interested in becoming involved? Please contact Professor Ruth M Strudwick, DProf MSc BSc(Hons) CTCert PGCE SFHEA FCR, Professor in Diagnostic Radiography and Head of Allied Health Professions.

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