UNDERGRADUATE INTERPROFESSIONAL SIMULATION: AN INNOVATIVE PILOT PROJECT
1 University of Manchester / University Hospital of South Manchester (UNITED KINGDOM)
2 University Hospital of South Manchester Foundation Trust (UNITED KINGDOM)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN14 Proceedings
Publication year: 2014
Pages: 3982-3983 (abstract only)
Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain
In January 2014, the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) simulation suite became a hive of activity as it hosted an innovative Interprofessional Education (IPE) pilot project.
Hospital skills tutors from the Manchester Pharmacy School (MPS) and the Manchester Medical School (MMS) collaboratively developed and delivered a series of Interprofessional team training sessions to a group of third year undergraduates studying at the University of Manchester (UoM).
The overall aim of these sessions was to provide a novel learning opportunity for Undergraduate IPE that would help define the roles and responsibilities expected of a hospital pharmacist, doctor and nurse in clinical practice in a safe environment. Students were exposed to scenarios purposefully designed to draw out their ability to apply specific skills such as teamwork, delegation, leadership, problem-solving and recognising limitations in order to achieve the best outcome for their patient.
IPE forms a core General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and General Medical Council (GMC) outcome, making the success of this project an excellent stepping stone for future simulated IPE.
The Academy Simulation Suite opened its doors for use in June 2013 and is located at the Education and Resource centre, UHSM. It is designed to provide multi professional team based learning through purposefully designed scenarios true to clinical practice.
The suite consists of two rooms that reflect clinical areas, each with an adjacent de-brief room for peer/tutor observation and post-session discussions. The suite also holds access to the use of high fidelity manikins and audio-visual equipment for video playbacks and tutee feedback.
The simulation facility is available to everyone who works within UHSM and for the purpose(s) of Undergraduate teaching. The Simulation Team; Simulation manager and two simulation technicians can provide assistance as needed with scenario design and training.
The overall aim of these sessions was to provide a novel learning opportunity for Undergraduate IPE that would help define the roles and responsibilities expected of a hospital pharmacist, doctor and nurse in clinical practice
Joint General Medical Council (GMC) and General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) were produced with the interest of both disciplines in mind.
To assess the learning of students participating in the inter-professional simulations we used a post assessment tool validated by assessment researchers from the Macy grant at University of Washington. Elements explored included:
1. Benefits of Training
2. Learning and performance
3. Learning environments
5. Team structure
7. Situation monitoring
8. Mutual support
10. Essential practice characteristics
100% of students enjoyed learning in a simulated environment and the opportunity of working with students from other professions. 100% of students also agreed that learning with other healthcare professionals (HCPs) would benefit patient care, help with role clarification and enable a team approach to problem-solving patient problems.
More than 30% of students agreed that they had little confidence or remained neutral in their ability to effectively delegate responsibility for tasks, take on a leadership role in a team and be effective and integrate information and suggestions into a plan.
Keywords: Interprofessional, simulation, undergraduate, pharmacy, medicine.