Benefits and challenges of interprofessional education in an acute hospital: occupational therapy and physiotherapy perspectives
— Valerie Flattery and Fiona Melia, Galway University Hospitals

Presentation Summary: Galway University Hospitals is a Model 4 hospital with a commitment to providing quality teaching and training to students from a variety of disciplines, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work. Since 2011, occupational therapy and physiotherapy Practice Tutors have collaborated to deliver interprofessional education sessions (IPE) to students on clinical placement within their departments. IPE occurs when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other in order to improve collaboration and the quality of practice, (Hallin et al, 2009). Historically, there was a commitment to facilitating shadowing interdepartmentally and attending multidisciplinary team meetings as part of IPE, but it was deemed beneficial to expand students’ experience. IPE has been facilitated on an ongoing basis, but this review reflects on the development, implementation and evaluation of an IPE programme for students who participated in an IPE programme in 2013. Although not novel in design, IPE has proved challenging to implement in the acute setting within existing resources, hence there is value in looking at it from a practice perspective to promote its benefits and share learning.

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Valerie Flattery is an Occupational Therapy Practice Tutor at Galway University Hospitals. Her role includes supporting Practice Educators and students on practice placement to maximise the teaching and learning environment. She is a member of the Practice Education Teams at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Limerick contributing to developments in practice education. She is currently completing her Masters in Advanced Occupational Therapy and has a keen interest in IPE and ensuring quality in practice education.

Integrating elements of undergraduate curriculum learning
— Doris Corkin and Ann Devlin, Queen's University Belfast

Presentation Summary: Rapidly advancing practice and recognition of nursing, midwifery and medicine as a vital interrelated workforce, implies a need for a variety of curricula opportunities. This project addresses the challenge for healthcare educators to widen student engagement and participation through inter-professional education (IPE) by creating learning environments whereby student interactions foster the desire to develop situational awareness, independent learning and contribution to patient advocacy (Reeves et al, 2013). The overall aim of this ‘Feeding and Nutrition in Infants and Children’ project is to provide opportunities for integrated learning to enable students to advance their knowledge and understanding of current best practice (DHSSPSNI, 2013). This interprofessional, student-led workshop was initially implemented in 2006-07 in collaboration with the Centre for Excellence in IPE, within the curricula of medical and nursing programmes (Purdy & Stewart, 2009; Corkin & McDougall, 2009). Supported by the development of a student resource pack, this project has been offered to Learning Disability nursing and Midwifery students since September 2014.

Doris Corkin is a senior Lecturer in Children and young people's nursing. She has been leading IPE projects for several years and has received Teaching, Research and Scholarship awards for these initiatives.