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Sharing perspectives and expertise is a key part of the role our Public Involvement in Education and Research (PIER) Partnership plays in BU’s health and social care courses.

We are linked with 87 organisations locally and nationally and the BU PIER Partnership members, who contribute across the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. Because of this, we take a keen interest in the stories and initiatives that affect those organisations, our affiliates, and members.  

We will use this page to regularly highlight important news and views from our region.

State of Caring 2019 report (Carers UK)

9th July 2019

View Carers UK annual survey of carers. This report provides a snapshot of caring in 2019 by including the responses from 7,525 people who are currently providing care.

UK’s unpaid carers seven times lonelier than general public

10 June 2019

New figures suggest that unpaid carers are seven times more likely to be lonely, compared with the general public.

Royals launch mental health text line

10 May 2019

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan launch mental health text line. The initiative called Shout is backed by £3m from their charity - the Royal Foundation.