Promoting Partnership for Health. The Comensus Writing Collective: Notes on Authorship. Notes on Language. Introduction. Part I: The Context. 1 Service User and Carer Involvement in Higher Education. 2 The Social and Political Context. 3 Beyond the Campus: Universities, Community Engagement and Social Enterprise. 4 Research and Evaluation of Service Users? and Carers? Involvement in Health Professional Education. 5 What Counts Cannot be Counted: Community Engagement as a Catalyst for Emotional Intelligence. Part II: Personal Experiences: The Case of Comensus. 6 Setting up a Service User and Carer Engagement Project: Comensus. 7 Climbing the Ladder of Involvement: A Manager?s Perspective. 8 Stories of Engagement. 9 Making Sense of Involvement in Comensus. 10 Shedding Masks: Transitions in Mental Health and Education, a Personal View. Conclusions. References. Appendices. Appendix 1: Research and Evaluation Planning Worksheet. Appendix 2: Terms of Reference for Comensus Advisory Group. Appendix 3: Year One Issues and Solutions. Appendix 4: Terms of Reference for CIT. Appendix 5: COMENSUS: Action Plan 2009. Appendix 6: Year Three Sub-Groups of The Community Involvement Team. Appendix 7: Year 3 Issues and Solutions. Appendix 8: Protocol for the Development of Learning Resources Involving Service Users and/or Carers. Appendix 9: Service User/Carer/Public Consent Form. Index.
Soo Downe is Professor of Midwifery Studies at University of Central Lancashire. She is a coordinator of the Comensus project and has led the research activity linked to Comensus. She is editor of Normal Childbirth, by Elsevier, and joint-editor of our forthcoming title - Essential Midwifery Practice: Intrapartum Care. Mick McKeown is Principal Lecturer in mental health nursing research at the University of Central Lancashire, and co-founder of the Comensus project with Soo Downe. He is a trade union activist for Unison and contributes to union debates relating to service user involvement. Lisa Malihi-Shoja is co-ordinator for the Comensus Project at the University of Central Lancashire. She is dedicated to service user and carer involvement and has developed and supported a n umber of projects across a wide range of settings, including community projects, acute care and forensic projects.