Service User Involvement in Assessments:

Hugh O'Donnell, Kevin Gormley

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Increasingly providers of mental health nurse education are required to demonstrate user involvement in all aspects of these programmes including student selection, programme design and student assessment. There has been limited analysis of how nursing students perceive user involvement in nurse education programmes. The aim of this study has been to explore mental health nursing student’s perceptions of involving users in all aspects of pre-registration mental health nursing programme. Researchers completed a number of focus group interviews with 12 ex-mental health nursing students who had been recruited by purposeful sampling. Each focus group interview was recorded and analysed using a series of data reduction, data display and verification
methods. The study confirms many of the findings reported in earlier user participation in education studies. Three main themes related to user involvement have been identified: the protection of users, enhanced student learning and the added value benefits associated with user involvement.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Pages (from-to)193-202
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012


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