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NTU puts patients and the public at the heart of teaching its future healthcare professionals

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is inviting members of the public to help enhance the education of its students looking to become future healthcare professionals.

Health and Allied Professions Involvement Group
The involvement group has been set up by NTU’s Institute of Health and Allied Professions to improve teaching, student experience and assessments.

A new involvement group is being created by the University’s Institute of Health and Allied Professions (IHAP) to contribute to the skills and knowledge of those studying Nursing, Paramedicine and Allied Professions.

Members of the public, patients, people who use health and social care services and their carers are invited to share their perspectives and experiences.

Through meaningful dialogue with a diverse group of volunteers, the involvement group aims to provide future health professionals with a deeper understanding of high quality, compassionate and inclusive healthcare practice.

Volunteers will be given advice, support and development for the activities they wish to take part in. There will also be some opportunities for paid activities.

While there are no specific membership requirements for volunteers, they will be expected to commit to participating for a few hours each year and have some lived experience of healthcare and/or social care as a user of services, a carer or a family member.

The involvement group welcomes participation from all communities, groups, genders, ages, ethnicities, and disabilities. Families can also volunteer together.

Farai Pfende, senior lecturer in Nursing at NTU’s School of Social Sciences and an involvement lead for the group, said: “This involvement group will give us a great opportunity to improve our teaching, curriculum development and assessments. We want to put lived experience at the centre of the learning journey for our students and provide them with perspectives and experiences that will help forge their future in healthcare”.

IHAP is NTU’s home to world-class teaching, practice, research, and scholarship within its healthcare education offering and features mock hospital wards, consultation and counselling rooms, creative teaching spaces and specialist equipment.

If you would like to apply for the IHAP involvement group you can complete an expression of interest form here. If you require any more information or have any other enquiries, please contact

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    About Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2021 for cultural heritage science research. It is the second time that NTU has been bestowed the honour of receiving a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its research, the first being in 2015 for leading-edge research on the safety and security of global citizens.

    The Research Excellence Framework (2021) classed 83% of NTU’s research activity as either world-leading or internationally excellent. 86% of NTU’s research impact was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

    NTU was awarded The Times and The Sunday Times Modern University of the Year 2023 and ranked second best university in the UK in the Uni Compare Top 100 rankings (2021/2022). It was awarded Outstanding Support for Students 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards), University of the Year 2019 (Guardian University Awards, UK Social Mobility Awards), Modern University of the Year 2018 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) and University of the Year 2017 (Times Higher Education Awards).

    NTU is the 5th largest UK institution by student numbers, with nearly 39,000 students and more than 4,400 staff located across five campuses. It has an international student population of 7,000 and an NTU community representing over 160 countries.

    Since 2000, NTU has invested £570 million in tools, technology, buildings and facilities.

    NTU is in the UK’s top 10 for number of applications and ranked first for accepted offers (2021 UCAS UG acceptance data). It is also among the UK’s top five recruiters of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and was the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge.

    NTU is ranked 2nd most sustainable university in the world in the 2022 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

NTU puts patients and the public at the heart of teaching its future healthcare professionals

Published on 21 April 2023
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