Patient, Carer and Public Involvement
Patient, Carer and Public Involvement (PCPI) in healthcare related degree courses is essential in terms of developing the knowledge, understanding and skills of students, as well as being a prerequisite for accreditation from professional bodies, and potential funding from external organisations. There is an explicit expectation within the NHS that the patient is at the centre of the services that they use, and an expectation of regulatory and professional bodies that PCPI is both explicit and embedded in all healthcare related courses.
At the University of Sunderland, our PCPI programme has been running since 2014, and we currently work with about 170 PCPI participants. They come from all walks of life, with years of work and life experience, and many have underlying medical conditions, about which they provide a case study for teaching and learning purposes. We provide our PCPI participant with full training, support and we also pay them for their time. We consider our PCPI participants as members of the team within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing.