A teaching collaboration between physio academics and the BU PIER partnership has led to the publication this week of 3 papers in OpenPhysio (an open access peer-reviewed journal for physiotherapy education). The reports are co-authored with PIER members and a physio student (now graduate) and reflect on different aspects of involving people with lived experience in physio education.
Report one is called: Reflecting together to enhance teaching outcomes by Rachel Jury (PIER member), Vikram Mohan (physio academic) and Mel Hughes and focusses on how designing an activity together from the start improves the experience for all involved.
Report two is called: Harnessing the expertise of people with lived experience by Tom Easterbrook (PIER member), Emma Blackman (physio student), Katey Collins (physio academic) and Mel Hughes and focusses on a ‘Dragon’s Den’ activity and the value of PIER members giving feedback and guidance to students.
Report three is called: Developing equal partnerships by Sophie Buckley (PIER member), Louise Fazakarley (physio academic) and Mel Hughes and focusses on the nature of the relationship between the academic and the person with lived experience and the benefits of genuine and meaningful collaboration.
The reports add to the empirical evidence base for lived experience education and we will be using the model to co-author papers with other academics and PIER members in the FHSS.