A team of Mental Health Nurse academics in the School of Health & Society have successfully secured Erasmus funding for an initiative instigated through Dr Elizabeth Collier’s external links. The successful team comprising Dr Angela Cotton, Gary Lamph, Dr Gillian Rayner and Dr Julie Wray secured funding for the project entitled:
STRENCO: “Strengthening multi-professional competencies in mental health in an international context, through co-production with academics, students, service users and professionals”
STRENCO is an exciting 3 year educational project which aims to develop an Assessment Tool for mental health and general competencies (via e-learning and intensive programmes and training).
Issues of Stigma, as a challenge across European countries (in spite of emphases upon positive approaches recovery-orientated practices) will be a focus, alongside competencies in supporting social inclusion and strengthening self-efficacy with a view to increasing a sense of involvement via a shared understanding, equality and a dialogical approach.
Students will develop their competencies in mental health and Information Communications Technology (ICT), through a tripartite learning model. Engagement with service users in co-producing materials for mental health education is central, along with International co-operation between partners throughout Europe (future and current professionals, service users and academics).
A participatory research design is planned, exploring the knowledge triangle between education, research and mental health care settings in the creation of knowledge to inform practice (tripartite model). This will involve international co-operation with equal partners in development of a way of working that values and respects those involved – i.e. co-production. E-Learning and E-Health are central, with an emphasis on ‘learning through doing’.
Educational materials will use ‘Gamification’ (principles from computer game-design and applying these to learning in a non-game context). Learning methods used in the project will be made available to all, with dissemination activities and e-Learning materials being made available online’.
We are proud to have been successful in this collaborative €313,135 bid and excited about the opportunities this provides for us to network and learn from our European partners, students and service users. The project will include students, service users and academics and is being led by Dr Mark Monahan at Trinity College Dublin. Collaborators include The University of Salford, England, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Vives University College, Belgium, Jyvaskyla University of Applied Science, Finland and Technologiko Ekpaideftiko Idryma Athinas, Athens, Greece. To find out more about this project, contact Dr Angela Cotton or Gary Lamph.