Using interprofessional dementia learning opportunities to prepare the future healthcare workforce: Findings from a pilot study

Davison, Elizabeth, Housden, Sarah and Lindqvist, Susanne (2018) Using interprofessional dementia learning opportunities to prepare the future healthcare workforce: Findings from a pilot study. Journal of Interprofessional Care. ISSN 1356-1820

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    Abstract

    Nearly 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia. Communication difficulties linked to this illness demand that all healthcare professionals are prepared to meet the needs of this group of service users. In response to this, the United Kingdom government is calling for professionals to acquire a basic (Tier 1) Dementia Awareness (DA) qualification. As healthcare students need to engage in interprofessional learning (IPL), this report describes the development, implementation and evaluation of an initiative to link the DA qualification to an existing IPL module delivered to first-year healthcare students (IPL1). A DA learning package was developed by a group of educators from a range of professions to ensure an interprofessional focus. It comprised of a set of practical exercises that students completed during and after IPL1. Sixty students evaluated the DA learning package by completing a post intervention survey. 57 students rated it, or very helpful in enhancing their knowledge of how to care for a person with dementia, while 3 students rated it average. Two themes emerged from open-ended questions, which highlighted the importance of: i) learning to work together; and ii) blended learning. Students also suggested some changes for the full roll out, such as moving the Dementia Friends component into IPL1. This is an innovative approach that can be used to meet the challenges linked with the large-scale preparation of our future workforce and to ensure purposeful IPL.

    Item Type: Article
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
    Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
    Depositing User: LivePure Connector
    Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 11:30
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 13:55
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/68997
    DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2018.1551863

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