Who Do You Think You Are?

Fran Fuller
University of Derby
Interprofessional Education


It is argued that the health care setting can benefit in providing an environment which is based on an inter-professional approach, thus providing safer quality care to our service users. (DOH, 2013; Hughes and Quinn, 2013; Thomas et al., 2014; Forman et al., 2015). Working inter-professionally allows roles to interact, understand and utilise experience. Allowing a greater understanding and respect of the varying roles which work collaboratively within the National Health Service.

The University of Derby was able to offer an exciting opportunity within its organisation, completing an Inter-professional Conference inviting all under graduate students from the Health and Social Care Programmes.

The conference was held on the 19th November 2015 with nearly 400 students in attendance. This day consisted of keynote speakers from a varying backgrounds including service users/ carers and academics. Many topics were covered including wellbeing, emotional resistance, dementia and utilising an individual case study with a multi-disciplinary approach. Reflective practice was incorporated throughout the day, ensuring students were able to learn and consider a multi professional approach.

Students were also given opportunity to network via ‘speed dating’, enabling them time to gain an insight into differing professions and allowing them time to enquire from a completely different point of view.

Twitter storify from the day can be seen at storify.com/dgforeman/derbyipl?utm_campaign=&utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&awesm=sfy.co_f1LV1

What are the Aims?

The conference received excellent feedback via Twitter and Social Media, and verbal feedback was given to the academic staff. This feedback incorporated the huge learning benefits expressed by the students, giving them the opportunity to learn about many professional roles working within the Health and Social Care environment.

This will enable better understanding of team work, and utilisation of roles further in their chosen career.

Who was/is involved?

What has changed/will change?

This was a valuable and successful conference, offering a great opportunity for both students, educators, service users and practice colleagues to network and find out about one another. It is now an annual event being repeated in May 2016.

What lessons have we learnt?

To try and capture the impact of this event future evaluations will consider the longer term influences on future learning and impact on practice with quality improvement of health and social care delivery at the centre of this.

Contact details

Fran Fuller f.fuller@derby.ac.uk

Links to further information and resources

Department of Health (2013) The Education Outcomes Framework. Leeds: DOH

Forman, D., Jones, M. and Thistlethwaite, J. (ed.) (2015) Leadership and Collaboration. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hughes, S.J. and Quinn, F.M. (2013) Quinns Principles and Practice of Nurse Education. 6th edn. Hampshire: Cengage learning.

Thomas, J., Pollard, K.C. and Sellman, D. (ed.) (2014) Interprofessional Working in Health and Social Care- Professional Perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan.