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Sharing the patient voice with students

This is an opportunity to share your lived experiences of health conditions with students.

  • Monday 27th November 2017 09:00 (2 hours)
    Wednesday 13th December 2017 10:00 (2 hours)
    Thursday 14th December 2017 15:00 (2 hours)
  • Workshop
  • Influence

As part of their 4-year pharmacy degree, students have 'patient engagement sessions' where members of the public who either have a specific health condition or care for someone with a specific health condition come in and talk to small groups of students about their lived experience of their condition. 


The aim of the sessions is to give the students an insider perspective of what kind of impact the condition has on a person and how these experiences can vary from patient to patient or carer to carer.

Volunteer Criteria

The only requirement is that you are happy to share about your lived experience of having a health condition or being a carer for someone.

The conditions the students study include:

  • gastrointestinal conditions
  • asthma
  • COPD
  • hypertension
  • stroke
  • coronary heart disease
  • heart failure
  • renal failure
  • chronic pain
  • migraine
  • dementia
  • Alzheimer's
  • ADHD
  • autism
  • Asperger's
  • depression
  • schizophrenia
  • addictions
  • Parkinson's
  • eye conditions
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • gout
  • GU disorders
  • diabetes (type 1 & 2)
  • hyper and hypo thyroidism
  • osteoporosis
  • myasthenia gravis
  • cancer
  • infectious diseases

What will I be asked to do?

Participants will be asked to come in for a minimum of one session which lasts 2 hours. In the two hours, there will be two patients engagement sessions, each lasting 50 minutes. In the session you will briefly share your lived experience of having a health condition or being a carer with a group of 4-5 students and then give them an opportunity to ask questions. In one session you would typically talk with 4 different groups of students. The students are interested in hearing about experiences of accessing care, receiving diagnosis and/or treatment and the impact it has on daily life including work, family and social life.

If you have props (like scan pictures, weekly tablet dispensers, anything that you think would be interesting for the students to see) you can bring these along and use them as a memory aid for talking about your experience. 

You are welcome to take part in as many sessions you like that are relevant to you.

When & where?

Monday 27th November, 9-11am - Mental health conditions, stage 3 students - Room 3.02, Agriculture Building, Newcastle University

Wednesday 13th December, 10am-12pm - any health condition, stage 1 students - Room 1.71B, King Geoge VI building, Newcastle University

Thursday 14th December 3-5pm - any health condition, stage 1 students - Room 1.71B, King Geoge VI building, Newcastle University

Please select the date(s) you would like to attend when registering to take part.

Will I get anything for taking part?

 Travel expenses will be reimbursed and tea and coffee will be provided.


  • Room 3.02 Agriculture Building
  • St Thomas' Street Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 4LE


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  • Ian Armstrong
    7th November 2017

    T1 diabetic for more than 51yers. From the age of 3 when England WON the world cup. A while ago now & been in lots of Hospitals in my life but still full time employed because of the fantastic help of the NHS.