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Co-Produced Mental Health Nursing Education
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The overall purpose of the Commune project is making mental health nursing education more relevant to the needs of modern mental health care by strengthen the focus on recovery from mental illnesses and involving mental health service user educators in the teaching of nursing students. To achieve this, the project will develop innovative internet based teaching material that will be co-produced by university teachers and service user educators. The teaching material, and the knowledge gained by its production, will improve the quality and relevance of higher education and help attune nursing education curricula to current and emerging labor markets needs. Six European universities, with associated partners –service users’ organizations— and one university from Australia, which is a world leading university in this field, will participate in the project. All partners have been designed responsibilities for different activities and outputs of the project with the University of Iceland managing it. All activities are aimed at producing the teaching material, implementing it, evaluating it, and secure its impact and transferability.The central output will be a Co-Produced Learning Module in Mental Health Recovery. It will be a blended learning module (1ECT) on mental health recovery, developed in a collaboration between service user educators and the academics partners. It will be delivered by service users –supported by the academic—to BS-nursing students. Delivery of the module will be supported by a detailed Implementation Guide that will sustain consistency of delivery across the participating universities. To secure impact and transferability of this output the Implementation Guide will be made available, in five different languages, in online version on the project’s website. So will information about the process of its making. An Outcome/Assessment Study will be conducted to asses and understand if and how the nursing student’s participation in the learning module will improve their recovery literacy, and change their attitudes to service user participation and to mental health nursing; and to explore the service user educators’ experience of teaching it. The findings of the study will be published in academic and professional journals, and in presentations at conferences. These publications will help nursing educators worldwide to assess the feasibility of adapting the project’s teaching material. Hence, it will ensure the impact and transferability of the project.A Best Practice Handbook will be produced that will offer nursing and service user educators guidance in how to implement and adjust the learning module to their needs. Also, it will provide higher educational institutions with recommendations and ways to involve service user educators in the teaching of mental health nursing. Hence it will be a key output to secure the project’s impact and transferability.The project will organize an international closing seminar, with the aim of increasing its transferability, where all significant project actors will be invited to share their experiences and outcomes of the project with an international audience. The project will make all necessary efforts to secure its quality. An international steering group with members from each partner organization will play a key role in that. The members of the steering group will be appointed by the universities’ authorities.

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