‘Moving away from the sound of one hand clapping?’

Authored by: John Stephens , Katherine Baker , Ali Finlayson

The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education

Print publication date:  August  2020
Online publication date:  August  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138360143
eBook ISBN: 9780429433306
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Contemporary society is viewed as characterised by interdependence and impermanence. ‘Things’ change at an ever-increasing rate, with an increasing need for interconnectedness between participants. This broad context is reflected within pre-registration physiotherapy and healthcare professional education and the challenges in promoting a coherent educational ‘whole’ to support learning and development for safe, effective, and efficient person-centred care. Drawing on examples of co-produced curriculum content from our own practice at Northumbria University, key themes of open dialogue, space for reflection, creativity, and order are explored to provide some guidance for those keen to undertake a similar approach. Theoretical frameworks offered by a participatory learning model, open dialogue, and symbolic interactionism help to shape an authentic attempt to create order in the pursuit of education that supports a genuine aspiration towards person-centred physiotherapy and healthcare.

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