School of Health and Social Work

Community engagement

The School of Health and Social Work works with the community in a number of ways. They include offering ‘taster sessions’ at the Centre for Clinical Skills for schools, colleges and Hull Children’s University, educating young people about careers in health and social work.

The Centre for Leadership Innovation and Change through Knowledge Transfer links with local service providers to help them use university research to improve services.

The school also works with local colleges to enable them to award qualifications validated by the University of Hull. These include Foundation degrees in health and social care and related areas.

We support widening participation through our work with local schools and other local bodies, encouraging access to higher education through ‘non-traditional’ routes.

Health and Social Care Service User and Carer Engagement (including Patient and Public Involvement in Research).

We are committed to the active engagement of health and social work service users and carers in the work of the Faculty. We actively engage service users and carers in the development of our curriculum, in student recruitment , teaching, assessment and research and our existing committee structure enables the service user/carer voice to be heard and integrated from programme to Faculty Board level. Wherever possible service user and/or carer representatives act as members of Programme Management Teams alongside our (elected) student representatives, practice partners and academic staff. All draft research grant applications in the Faculty are peer reviewed in terms of the level of patient and public involvement [PPI] activity within them,  with research staff strongly encouraged to include a substantial PPI input in their research applications from the protocol writing stage through to dissemination of results ( a requirement of most health and social care research funders). Our research groups within the Faculty are heavily engaged with external service providers in relation to research and PPI work is advanced through these connections, including their existing PPI networks.. The Faculty has a number of service user and carer groups and a Service User and Carer Committee as a subcommittee of our Faculty Learning Teaching and Quality Committee.  Recent changes to the University financial regulations has  (as in all Higher Education Institutions) presented potential barriers to engagement for service users and carers in receipt of benefits so a major role of the facilitator of our committee is to work with our service user and carer groups over the next year to identify a broader choice of reward and recognition for involvement,  such as access to our portfolio and staff development activities.

Informal enquires from service users and carers are welcome and should be made to our Associate Dean External Engagement, Deborah Robinson via her Assistant,  Joanne Carrison  

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