The benefits and challenges of student-led clinics; towards interprofessional education
— Jane Kavanagh, University of Limerick

Presentation Summary: Student-led clinics can provide opportunities for students in health care professions to have “real life” clinic experiences, while also providing beneficial outcomes for service users. A review of the preliminary experiences from thirteen small uni-disciplinary student-led clinics in the disciplines of occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and physiotherapy was carried out by the Regional Placement Facilitators across the three disciplines. These clinics were part of the placement experience of the students in an Irish University between 2011 and 2013.




Jane Kavanagh is a Chartered Physiotherapist and a Regional Placement facilitator for Physiotherapy students at the Clinical Therapies Department of the University of Limerick.

An action research inquiry into the potential role of the medical social worker for tuberculosis patients in an acute hospital outpatient setting
— Donna Stapleton, St. James's Hospital, Dublin

Project Summary: St. James’s Hospital is the national centre for Tuberculosis (TB) patients in Ireland. A multi-disciplinary team comprising of consultant respiratory physicians, registrar, public health doctors and nurses, senior pharmacist, TB nurse manager and administration staff work together to meet patient needs. At the moment, there is 0.25 of a social work post for inpatients. The TB team felt the service would benefit from an outpatient Medical Social Worker. With this in mind, funding from Trinity College ‘Med Day’ initiative allowed a Medical Social Worker to work with the team for ten months. This study aimed to generate knowledge about social needs of TB patients and determine how a Social Work role could complement patient care for people with TB.

Donna Stapleton is a Medical Social Worker in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. She is currently completing a research project with the Respiratory Service, St James’s Hospital and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, on the social needs to Tuberculosis patients and the requirement for a Medical Social Work service for TB Patients.

Generating student insight into interprofessional communication through a simulated patient workshop
— Dr. Gopal Oliver, Nottingham University and Dr. Rebekah Wilmington, Health Education East Midlands, UK

Project Summary: We have designed an interprofessional workshop focusing on communication in the acute medical setting. Such a workshop, in an interprofessional format, is entirely novel to the University of Nottingham curriculum for both medical and nursing students. The workshop used simulated patients; these simulations were preceded by an introductory talk and accompanying video. The workshop aimed to improve handover skills during a patient’s admission. Student nurses would triage the patients and hand them over to medical students who would then assess the patient. Following this, the medical plan, and any specific nursing instructions, would be fed back to the student nurses. Facilitators would then supervise a discussion about the clinical case and also highlight the importance of how both collaboration, and communication, results in improved patient care.

Dr. Gopal Oliver is a clinical teaching fellow in emergency medicine at Nottingham University Hospitals, and currently studying for a Masters in Medical Education.
Dr. Rebekah Wilmington is a Core Medical Trainee with Health Education East Midlands.
Gopal and Rebekah are interested in education and passionate about developing interprofessional collaboration and learning.