Becoming ‘Clinical Therapies’. The experience of aligning practice education curricula.
— Marie O'Donnell, University of Limerick

Presentation summary: The World Health Organisation promotes the concept of “learning together to work together for better health”. Therefore, alignment of curricula in the newly formed Clinical Therapies department at the University of Limerick was consistent with this global perspective. This presentation will outline how the new programmes were developed with emphasis on the alignment of placement calendars. Resources developed to support the Practice Education component of the programmes will be presented. The inclusion of all stakeholders’ opinions and needs will be discussed.





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Marie O'Donnell is a Regional Placement Facilitator in Physiotherapy at the University of Limerick. She is currently working on developing a sustainable interprofessional education model for practice education and evaluating the use of community based project placements. 

Promoting interprofessional teaching and supporting clinical education in a teaching hospital
— Alice Waugh and Ide O'Shaughnessy, St. James's Hospital, Dublin

Presentation summary: The aim of this initiative is to increase the number and quality of clinical placements available for Trinity College Dublin (TCD) undergraduate students, and to ensure collaboration at an educator and a student level through:

  • the creation and facilitation of a hospital-wide Clinical Supervisor Education network for evidence-based teaching and mentorship in the clinical education placements programme at St. James's Hospital;
  • increasing the enthusiasm for clinical teaching and therefore, the number and quality of clinical placements made available to TCD undergraduates through these workshops;
  • the facilitation and sharing of resources, educational ideas and initiatives through the network;
  • the encouragement and promotion of a collaborative working environment;
  • provision of local support and preparation for clinical educators.

Alice Waugh and Ide O'Shaughnessy are clinical educators at St. James’s Hospital. We strive to do our part in collaborating with the multidisciplinary team at a teaching level to share resources, educational ideas and initiatives, encouraging and promoting a collaborative working environment in the future.

Learning together - using common conditions in primary care
— Johanne Barry and Dr Sharon Haughey, Queen's University Belfast

Presentation Summary:  This initiative involves undergraduate medical and pharmacy students working together to in a simulated setting to address common conditions found in primary care. These sessions were part of a pilot in 2015 and will now be rolled out to all students in 2015/16 given the success of the programme.

The three pilot workshops were attended by Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Level 3 and 4 MPharm students (n= 25) and medical students (n=55) completing their GP rotation.  Each session was facilitated by a pharmacist and a general practitioner, each having a QUB academic role, but who also work in primary care namely, community pharmacy and general medical practice. The first two workshops took place in a health centre teaching room.  The final workshop took place in the Pharmacy Practice Unit (PPU) of the QUB School of Pharmacy. The use of the PPU allowed for peer observation of the dispensing process and patient counselling within a simulated community pharmacy setting.  

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Johanne Barry has been a Lecturer (Education) in the School of Pharmacy in Queen's University Belfast since 2006. She has a special interest in interprofessional learning, numeracy skill as well as the importance of MPharm education reflecting contemporary pharmacy practice. Johanne is also the Careers Liaison Advisor for the School of Pharmacy. This initiative involved collaboration with colleagues in the School of Medicine, in particular Dr Gerry Gormley, GP and Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, QUB.