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Sharing the patient voice with Stage 2 pharmacy students

An opportunity to share your experience of living with specific health conditions with pharmacy students.

  • Multiple Dates
  • Workshop
  • Influence


As part of their 4-year pharmacy degree, students have 'patient voice sessions' where members of the public who either have a specific health condition, or care for someone with a specific health condition, come and talk to small groups of students about the lived experience of their condition.

The aim of the sessions is to give the students an inside or person-centred perspective of the kind of impact the particular condition has on a person and how these experiences can vary from patient to patient or carer to carer. We want the students to hear about the volunteers’ experiences of accessing care, receiving diagnosis or treatment and the impact it has on daily life including work, family and social life.

Volunteer Criteria

2nd year students have been learning about the gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular systems this year as well as some aspects of pharmaceutical public health.

We are looking for EITHER patients who live with the following conditions OR a person who is a carer for someone with any of these conditions:

  • gastrointestinal conditions, e.g. peptic ulcer disease, GORD, IBS, coelia/Chron's disease, colitis
  • respiratory conditions e.g. asthma, COPD
  • cardiovascular diseases e.g. hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure or renal failure, high cholesterol

You must also be happy to share your lived experiences with the students.

What will I be asked to do?

Each session works a bit like speed dating! The students work in small groups moving from one volunteer to another at 10 minute intervals. There will be 4 or 5 pharmacy students per group. The students will have a relaxed chat and ask questions about your experiences under the supervision of an academic facilitator. After 10 minutes with you, the groups will rotate around so that all the students will get an opportunity to speak with all the volunteers in the course of the session. If you have any props, like scan pictures, weekly tablet dispensers, reminder charts, insulin pens, anything that you think would be interesting for the student to see, you can bring those along and use them as a memory aid for talking about your experiences.

VOICE participants will play an integral part in developing the empathy of our future pharmacists through sharing their lived experiences.

When and where?

The sessions will take place on Monday 25th March and Tuesday 26th March 11am-2pm in Room 1.71, King George VI Building, Newcastle University.

Please specify which date(s) you would like to take part on when registering to take part.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Travel expenses within the North East will be reimbursed and refreshments and lunch will be provided.


  • 1.71 King George VI Building
  • Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 4LF

Sharing the patient voice with Stage 2 pharmacy students Discussion

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  • Ian Armstrong
    15th March 2019

    More than 53 years of being T1. A very positive person

  • Ian Armstrong
    8th March 2019

    I will do both days. ?

    VOICE Head Office
    11th March 2019

    Hi Ian, I'm glad you've enjoyed doing these sessions in the past. If you have experience of any of the conditions mentioned in the volunteer criteria and would like to take part, please click the button at the top of the page to register.

  • Ian Armstrong
    8th March 2019

    Have done this a couple of years now. Is good