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Interprofessional Training Wards: Reviewing Linköping University (Sweden) and St Georges University (London) in the development of an Interprofessional Training Ward in Perth, Western Australia
Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
St Georges University, London.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2010 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Context: Curtin University has quickly established a reputation for the providing of authentic Interprofessional community placements for students. The next obvious stage seemed to be the development of a similarly authentic ward experience for the students. In doing so, Curtin has visited existing training wards internationally to learn from their work. With other Universities and a major acute hospital locally documentation are developed in order to ensure staff and students to experience a ward where students will learn “with, from and about” each other, to provide better care of the patient.

Objectives: The objectives of the project were: To learn from established good practice in providing an authentic practice-based learning environment where final year undergraduate (or healthcare) students can develop the knowledge, skills and attitude required for interprofessional patient-centred collaborative practice.

To ensure that all appropriate documentation was in place and both staff and students were appropriately prepared prior to the opening of the training ward

To bring together 5 Universities working with an acute hospital in the design of the training ward, which would be used initially by students training for 5 professions; medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Main Outcomes: The review of established interprofessional training wards facilitated Curtin (the lead university) in this exercise to derive the key documentation and development criteria, which would be necessary to establish a training ward. Working together with the hospital and 4 other Universities (previous training wards have only worked with one university) it was possible to establish a list of key documentation and development interventions which were necessary prior to the start of the training ward.[JD1]  This workshop will provide a similar experience for participants to review practice in training wards internationally and hear of the successes and difficulties experienced in the development of a training ward.

Conclusion: It is important to learn from existing good practice, ensure that all parties recognise their responsibilities and create an Interprofessional team of staff from the Universities and hospital in order to ensure a high quality authentic Interprofessional training ward experience for final year students.

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Keyword [en]
clinical training ward, interprofessional
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Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84581OAI: diva2:560396
Towards Unity for Health, 18-20 November, 2010, Katmandu, Nepal
Available from: 2012-10-14 Created: 2012-10-14 Last updated: 2012-10-18

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