Authenticity to Action conference 2024

Wednesday 15 May 2024 - Friday 17 May 2024
Room: Darwin Lecture Theatre
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

The 7th Authenticity to Action Conference - creative approaches to public and patient involvement in Health and Social care education

The Authenticity to Action conference is hosted by the Comensus group at the University of Central Lancashire. Our committee of service users, staff and academics is pleased to invite colleagues and partners to our 7th Authenticity to Action conference. It is now 16 years since we delivered the first conference in 2007 and we welcome the growth and partnership working that now exists in Higher Education Institutions and other centres of learning.

Our conference aims to celebrate and showcase good practice in involvement work in Higher Education, but also critique and discuss any barriers or less favourable conditions which still exist in our institutions. This year, we are focusing on creative approaches to involvement. By attending this conference, you will learn from other public and patient involvement facilitators and meet people with lived experience who are passionate and committed to changing attitudes and imparting knowledge to future health and social care professionals.

The Conference themes are:

  • Creative arts approaches to involvement and innovation (including art, theatre, creative writing, multimedia).
  • Going under or getting over? Stumbling blocks or stepping stones? Recovery and healing- sharing lived experience as a therapeutic tool for wellbeing.
  • Creative solutions to the challenges relating to service user and carer involvement (which include recruitment of under-represented groups, payments, power imbalances and so on).
  • Arnstein’s ladder or squeaky see-saw? The current state of play of democratic service user and carer involvement in research and education.
  • Are we surviving, thriving or just left behind? Service user and carer involvement in the new world

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