Teaching Policy

Developing Guidelines for the PINE 'Lived Experience' teaching – Ian Light Award

Introduction

The Making Waves Teaching Co-ordinator and Self Help Nottingham’s User Involvement Development Worker both work with the PINE project at the Nottingham University's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy.  Together they completed one of three 2010 projects funded by the Ian Light Award.

For more information on the PINE teaching sessions for student nurses, go to the relevant page on this website.

The Ian Light award

The award is named after the late Ian Light, who was a Service User Consultant and lecturer at City University, London, and a founder member of the DUCIE network (Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education). The award  It is supported by City University London, Mental Health in Higher Education, the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health at the University of Birmingham, and East London NHS Foundation Trust supports development workers working in higher education. There is more information about the award at www.mhhe.heacademy.ac.uk/ian-light-award.
What we wanted to achieve

Because people at Making Waves who have lived experience of mental distress deliver teaching using examples from their own lives the teaching co-ordinator and Making Waves members identified and  recognised that they needed to develop  ways of working together in order to keep the members of Making Waves emotionally safe and supported as well as having a framework that respected this additional demand of teaching nurses.   

At Making Waves we also wanted to bring all the information about working on teaching sessions together into one pack or document where it would be easier to look things up, and to go discuss the information with new people taking on teaching.

People we discovered doing similar work

We would like to thank particularly members of the DUCIE network for information and suggestions when we were looking out for other people doing similar work. Here are some organisations that we found useful and here is some of their work available on the internet:

·    Carers in Partnership, ‘Helping Professionals Learn from Carers’ project in the West Midlands  - guidelines on good practice for working with universities, ground rules, presentations skills, and common messages from carers to mental health professionals, available here.

·    CAPITAL (Clients And Professionals In Training And Learning, based in West Sussex) - clear, concise Charter For Service Users Involvement, reproduced in the Making Waves teaching policy.  www.capitalproject.org

·    FocUS (Forum of Carers and people who Use Services, working with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust) - Standards for Involving People, information available here .

·    UNTRAP (User Teaching and Research Action Partnership) at the University of Warwick - Code of Practice for Members, and Code of Practice for Organisations, information available here.

Outcomes for Making Waves

By producing the guidelines with the members of Making Waves who deliver the teaching has meant that there has been a greater understanding of the needs of people with lived experience delivering this type of teaching. It has also led to as further understanding of how much the right level support costs in financial terms. As a result of this funding bids have been strengthened and Making Waves are hoping to secure the future of the project.  

It has also meant that people have felt and appreciated how far the project has come from its beginnings in 2000 and that now we have the PINE achievements documented even if we are not refunded.  With the new policy we can show and demonstrate Making Wave’s expertise and professionalism, which increases the confidence of its members and raises perceptions of the organisation as a valued and quality organisation.

Benefits of working together on this project

One of the biggest benefits was having Time and we enjoyed working together!  We were able to focus on a larger piece of work, which we would not normally have been able to do.  Being able to stand back and see this work in a wider context, so seeing who else was doing this work and what needed to be done to create a new piece of work was really valuable.  For the Making Waves teaching co coordinator it was very beneficial to have someone to work through the process with and it was great that the Ian Light Award was able to facilitate this.