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UCLan celebrates health and social care milestone

Lyndsey Boardman

Unique initiative bringing students together with community service users enjoys 10 years of success

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is celebrating the tenth anniversary of an initiative which brings the community’s service users and carers together with postgraduate health and social work students to share their personal experiences and enhance learning.

The Comensus initiative and the Service User and Carers Advisory Group (SUCAG) within the Schools of Health and Social Work at UCLan, have spent that last decade working with people in the community from diverse backgrounds with a wide variety of health and social care experiences who are service users themselves or care for someone who is.

The Comensus and SUCAG members have worked with postgraduate students studying a variety of health and social care related courses to share their own personal stories, helped staff to develop course materials and taken part in research projects and teaching.

 

"I want to thank the service users and carers who have worked with us over the last ten years and given us their unique independent insights of health and social care."

Lisa Malihi-Shoja, Comensus Co-ordinator and UCLan Community Engagement Ambassador, commented: “We are delighted to reach this milestone and take a moment to celebrate what we’ve achieved so far.

“I want to thank the service users and carers who have worked with us over the last ten years and given us their unique independent insights of health and social care. This enhances student knowledge, is based in reality and reflects current up to the minute practice issues.”