Improving interprofessional learning through multi-agency simulation-based education

Lavelle, Mary, Law-Chapman, Colette, Cox, Luke, Mortimer, Craig and Lindridge, Jaqualine (2016) Improving interprofessional learning through multi-agency simulation-based education. In: 22nd Annual Meeting of The Society in Euope for Simulation Applied To Medicine; 15 - 17 June 2016, Lisbon, Portugal. (Unpublished)


SaIL at Guy's and St. Thomas' (GSTT), London, provides simulation-based education for hospital and pre-hospital professionals during the 'Hospital to Home' simulation course. This is an unusual initiative as these groups typically conduct educational activities in 'silos', and there has been extensive collaboration between the London Ambulance Service (LAS), the South East Coast Ambulance service (SECAMB), and GSTT to make this course a reality. The courses are being held in March/April 2016 with 90-100 participants across 8 dates. Research is being conducted in partnership with King's College London to explore attitudes to interprofessional learning amongst participants using validated tools. The presentation will examine different aspects of the process of creating and evaluation this course, with different methods and materials within each phase. 1. Pre-Course Collaboration and Design: A discussion of pilot activity (leading to a poster presentation at SESAM 2015, and discussion with SESAM PH-SIG) and subsequent collaborations between GSTT, SECAMB and LAS, particularly in terms of how a multi-agency course could fit into the different educational agendas of these organisations. 2. Course Design and Implementation: A discussion of the course aims and objectives, scenarios, debriefing methods during the 'Hospital to Home Course', with reference to the level of fidelity and how it was achieved, and how the content and debriefing methods employed relate to the 'human factors' aims. 3. Research aspects: a focus on collaboration with King's College London and the methods employed to research interprofessional learning, in using validated tools (TeamSTEPPS and RIPLS questionnaires), as well as longitudinal follow-up to investigate lasting change and behavioural change within the clinical workplace. Also a discussion of specific methods used, such as internet-based questionnaires. We hypothesise participants will report increased knowledge, confidence and self-efficacy - in line with current literature. We further hypothesise there will be significant changes between pre-course and post-course domains measured by RIPLS and TeamSTEPPS tools. This data will not be available until the conclusion of the course dates on 1st April, and subsequent submission of participant evaluations. There is no preliminary data to submit. This section will discuss difficulties in a reliable strategy for longitudinal evaluation of behaviour change in clinical practice. Additionally, overall considerations and challenges for multi-agency working will be discussed, with specific recommendations for similar future enterprises.

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