This book is unique in that it will appeal to practitioners, policy makers, and commissioners in health and social care practice and education who buy in to the principles of service user engagement, but who find it hard to know how to progress the practicalities. Based on the set up and running of the unique and very successful Comensus project, this practical and accessible text will provide a framework for building authentic and sustainable community engagement in health and social care education and practice.
Soo Downe is Professor of Midwifery Studies at University ofCentral Lancashire. She is a coordinator of the Comensus projectand has led the research activity linked to Comensus. She is editorof Normal Childbirth, by Elsevier, and joint-editor of ourforthcoming title - Essential Midwifery Practice: IntrapartumCare. Mick McKeown is Principal Lecturer in mental healthnursing research at the University of Central Lancashire, andco-founder of the Comensus project with Soo Downe. He is a tradeunion activist for Unison and contributes to union debates relatingto service user involvement. Lisa Malihi-Shoja is co-ordinator for the ComensusProject at the University of Central Lancashire. She is dedicatedto service user and carer involvement and has developed andsupported a n umber of projects across a wide range of settings,including community projects, acute care and forensic projects.
Promoting Partnership for Health. The Comensus Writing Collective: Notes on Authorship. Notes on Language. Introduction. Part I: The Context. 1 Service User and Carer Involvement in Higher Education. 2 The Social and Political Context. 3 Beyond the Campus: Universities, Community Engagement andSocial Enterprise. 4 Research and Evaluation of Service Users andCarers Involvement in Health Professional Education. 5 What Counts Cannot be Counted: Community Engagement as aCatalyst for Emotional Intelligence. Part II: Personal Experiences: The Case of Comensus. 6 Setting up a Service User and Carer Engagement Project:Comensus. 7 Climbing the Ladder of Involvement: A Manager sPerspective. 8 Stories of Engagement. 9 Making Sense of Involvement in Comensus. 10 Shedding Masks: Transitions in Mental Health and Education, aPersonal View. Conclusions. References. Appendices. Appendix 1: Research and Evaluation Planning Worksheet. Appendix 2: Terms of Reference for Comensus Advisory Group. Appendix 3: Year One Issues and Solutions. Appendix 4: Terms of Reference for CIT. Appendix 5: COMENSUS: Action Plan 2009. Appendix 6: Year Three Sub-Groups of The Community InvolvementTeam. Appendix 7: Year 3 Issues and Solutions. Appendix 8: Protocol for the Development of Learning ResourcesInvolving Service Users and/or Carers. Appendix 9: Service User/Carer/Public Consent Form. Index.