IPE and the Fresher's
University of Nottingham
Educational development of interprofessional learning programme in the University of Nottingham.
What are the Aims?
To develop a programme of IPE that involved all the health and social care professions in something that is meaningful, useful and fun for students who are new to higher education. Specifically to develop skills of communication, teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and decision making in students who have just entered a programme in any of the health and social care programmes.
Who was/is involved?
Academic staff, students and service users from medicine, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, sports rehabilitation, pharmacy, dietetics and social work. This involved partnership between the Centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) and the Schools of Medicine, Health Sciences, Life Sciences Social Sciences and Biological Sciences.
What has changed/will change?
Students will understand the importance of communication, teamwork, collaboration, problem solving and decision across the different professional groups. Results from the analysis of student reflection on their learning from the activity have been reported.
What lessons have we learnt?
It is possible to run an activity for large groups of students (n=1300) that is engaging, relevant and fun for students in their first weeks of moving into higher education, that achieves the specific aims.
Kirsty Hyndes, Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Education & Learning, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nottingham