How a service-user educator can provide insight into the recovery experience
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How a service-user educator can provide insight into the recovery experience

Bridget Maher Service-user educator, Birmingham City University, West Midlands, England
Leroy Bell Nursing student, Birmingham City University, West Midlands, England
Natalie Rivers-Downing Nursing student, Birmingham City University, West Midlands, England
Catharine Jenkins Senior lecturer, Birmingham City University, West Midlands, England

This article describes a collaboratively designed and delivered teaching and learning session where mental health nursing students met with a service-user educator after reading a range of research papers about recovery. They generated questions based on their reading and then explored the validity of the findings with a patient with experience of the services described in the literature. The authors explain the rationale for the session then reflect on the process and experience from three different perspectives, those of the service-user educator, two students and a nurse lecturer. The accounts confirm that this approach motivated the students to learn about recovery, the stigma of mental health illness, the realities of services and that all the participants found the sessions rewarding and beneficial.

Correspondence catharine.jenkins@bcu.ac.uk

Mental Health Practice. 20, 6,27-31. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2017.e1162

Received: 17 March 2016

Accepted: 07 June 2016

Published in print: 09 March 2017

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict Of Interest

None declared