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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.


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.


More GP appointments available due to success of pilot scheme

15 April 2019

An NHS scheme that has enabled GP practices to free up more time for doctors to see their patients is to be extended following a successful pilot.