Comensus – University of Central Lancashire Volunteer Group
Comensus is a way of involving service users, carers and the wider community across specific Schools at the University of Central Lancashire.
Comensus is a service user / career / volunteer patient group based at the University of Central Lancashire. For more than 10 years, they have invited members of the public to share their personal experiences of health and social care with students to enhance their education.
The Comensus group would like to recruit more volunteers to help them with teaching and learning sessions in the new School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire, as well as their existing work in Health, Pharmacy and Social Work. By volunteering you could be involved in:
- Being examined by students
- Helping teach clinical communication skills
- Writing a case study
- Developing professional lessons
- Shortlisting and interviewing applicants to the programme
- Participating in meetings and committees
The Comensus community involvement team is dedicated to embedding the voices of service users and carers into the curriculum, and ensuring UCLan students are the best healthcare professionals they can possibly be. They are a resource for all health and social courses at the University and feel that introducing them to service user and carer colleagues from the community enhances the communication skills of our future doctors and nurses and begins to introduce them to working in partnership with others.
When the University’s new medical students arrive in September, they would like volunteers to share their histories with students to develop their information-gathering skills and also share their personal experiences to enhance areas of good practice. Comensus and the University of Central Lancashire have been highly commended by several professional bodies for their authentic user involvement and stand out for the way in which members are supported and nurtured through their time with them.
Comensus will reimburse travel expenses on the day and provide training and support throughout your time with them.
For more information about their work over the past ten years, please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/comensus
Please contact Janet, Chris or Lisa on 01772 893818 if you would like to find out more, or email Comensusoffice@uclan.ac.uk
Pictured above: The Comensus Group at UCLan celebrate their 10 year anniversary