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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 103 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.

Coronavirus: England's contact-tracing app gets green light for trial

12 August 2020

Support for Carers

6 May 2020

We know that in the current situation carers are under enormous pressure. We hope that the information resources below will help carers across the county access the help and information they need.

Dorset Council area

Carer support Dorset provides information, support and Coronavirus advice for carers. You can also contact Dorset Council's carer support team on tel 0800 368 8349 or email

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole (BCP) area

CRISP provides information, support and Coronavirus advice for carers. Contact them on tel 01202 458204 or email:

Carers UK provides national coronavirus updates

HM Government advice on looking after your own mental health, and those that you care for, including children, young people, and people who have physical disabilities, learning disabilities and autism.