Over the past number of years, the Public Health Agency (PHA) have facilitated a successful Involvement Bursary Scheme for Service Users and Carers. The scheme aims to support service users and carers involved in strategic programmes of work in Health and Social Care (HSC), by helping to develop knowledge and skills to enable participation in Involvement work at various levels.
How can the bursary scheme help me?
The bursary has been set up to support personal development and access training to learn more about how to become more effective in involvement in improving and transforming health and social care services in Northern Ireland. The bursary can assist individuals to:
- Develop skills in key areas e.g. Understand the use of positive dialogue for productive conversations, how to give presentations and develop confidence in public speaking
- Understand how to impact others e.g. How to develop and demonstrate leadership skills
- Increase awareness and understanding regarding various programmes of involvement work, helping individuals to advance models of care or enhance involvement in contributing to service change
- Build personal capacity to increase engagement and participation in Involvement, Co-Production or other areas related to Health and Social Care.
What can the bursary be used for?:
- Purchasing materials or access to materials to support the development of knowledge and opportunities to become involved e.g. books, online subscriptions, computer software.
- An activity related to Involvement or Co-Production in Health and Social Care
- Attendance at conference or masterclass by a recognised body (This can include conference fees, subsistence, accommodation and travel costs)
- Accessing training in an identified area
- Coaching to support personal development.