The Public Involvement in Education and Research (PIER) Partnership has published its 2020/21 Annual Report.
The PIER Partnership works with people who have used a wide range of health and social care services, or who are carers for family members or friends, who can share their first-hand experiences and perspectives to support education, research and professional practice activities.
The report highlights examples, testimonies and case studies from across the past year, showcasing how the PIER partnership has embedded lived experience expertise across all aspects of health and social sciences education and research.
Over the past year, the PIER Partnership has conducted over 109 activities, engaging with 1,454 students and coordinating involvement with 16 research studies.
PIER members contributed expert lived experience knowledge on diabetes, stroke, Parkinson’s, cancer, rural racism, digital exclusion, childbirth, HIV, mental health, parenting, domestic abuse, transgender, refugee, disabled, in recovery from substance use, homeless and being a carer, amongst others.
The Annual Report is available digitally and as a PDF download, and has received positive feedback from partners and other institutions, including: "A great resource which will assist us all in going forward with our plans for further developing our work" and "It is an inspiration to the rest of us in the field."