Ten universities across Sheffield and the East Midlands are to share in a £250,000 grant designed to help spread best practice in health education.

The funding, provided by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, will help involve patients in designing course content for trainee nurses, doctors and radiographers.

The AHSN, in partnership with Health Education East Midlands, will also present funding to projects that aim to use technology to develop new ways of working in education.

These could include producing educational games, the use of social networking to allow clinician and patients to communicate.

A third portion of the funding will be allocated to initiatives within the universities designed to improve understanding and shared learning between different medical professions and fields of expertise.

The institutions each being awarded a share of the funding are:

  • The University of Derby
  • De Montfort University
  • The University of Leicester
  • The University of Lincoln
  • Loughborough University
  • The University of Northampton
  • The University of Nottingham
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University

The money is being awarded as part of the AHSN’s first Higher Education Institution Challenge Award.

The universities will be supported by Education for Health, a Warwick-based charity involved in the education of health professionals across the world.