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Teaching resources

Service users and carers sometimes bring a challenging perspective to the classroom, offering psychosocial rather than medical interpretations, highlighting the harm that health services can do and drawing attention to failings in care. Such contributions need to be carefully crafted to stimulate, rather than crush students’ motivation to become competent and compassionate nurses. Where academic staff are involved in co-facilitating learning, they sometimes help by monitoring this issue and offering balance where it is required.

Reasons for and against live presentations in comparison with recorded media are set out in this guide. A complete diet of online materials may be appropriate for an online course of study, but where academic staff appear ‘in the flesh’ in front of students, it is reasonable to expect the same principle will apply to service users and carers.

Re-usable learning objects

Websites that offer patient stories

A bibliography of first-person accounts of madness. See also the I Am Whole collection of stories written by people living with mental health issues.


  • At the University of Greenwich, students are encouraged to follow user-led organisations or key individuals who bring a service user or carer perspective.