Community Engagement is about extending the impact of our teaching and research in rehabilitation and participation, through partnership-building and dialogue with the wider community locally, nationally and internationally.
There are many ways in which we promote access to and exchange ideas to do this. Our students undertake placements and voluntary work and our staff work closely with health and social care organisations, voluntary organisations and the independent care sector, to explore new ways to increase the relevance of our work. We host and contribute to local national and international symposia and workshops, to share our project findings and seek new ideas for education and research with patient and carer groups, members of the public, training bodies, policy makers, NGOs and local and national government.
We also can help familiarise you with the latest evidence in health, rehabilitation and participation relevant to planning new services, evaluating service changes and new assistive technologies. We have a number of international and national research leaders who are interested in knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer (see the Experts page for more details). We are also able to draw on and access knowledge networks across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the other specialist disciplines across the University.
Some examples of our community engagement activities to date are:
Developing and providing a symposium with practitioners and interested community groups in September 2011 ‘Making 0-3 Count', to raise awareness of and promote children's communication skills
Developing participative research on respectful care in care homes within the DH/Comic Relief-funded PANICOA research programme
Working with Action for ME to develop an on-line database of support services for people with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalitis (CFS/ME)
Working with the Pan-African Community Based Rehabilitation Network (AFRI-CAN) to promote community rehabilitation and participation skills, policies and evidence in developing countries in Africa.
If you would like to discuss ideas for ways in which we can develop our work through community engagement, please contact Julia Hubbard, Director of Enterprise (tel. 01603 597064).
Community University Engagement
UEA has a small dedicated Community University Engagement team, who are on hand to advise staff and students about different aspects of their engagement activity including ideas, planning, evaluation and impact. Financial and practical assistance is also available via a Small Expenses Fund and the loan of equipment such as audio recorders.
You can find more information and case studies on the Community University Engagement website.