Exploring the facilitators and barriers to health and social care students’ engagement with Interprofessional Education in an academic setting

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Interprofessional Education (IPE) is embedded in pre-registration curricula to ensure health and social care students are appropriately prepared to join their respective teams on qualification. IPE enables 'effective collaborative practice and collaborative practice strengthens health systems and improves health outcomes’ (WHO, 2010:7). Being cared for by a competent interprofessional team has been shown to enhance service user satisfaction, quality of care and outcomes (Grumbach and Bodenheimer, 2004). Moreover, effective collaborative practice enhances interprofessional respect and challenges negative interprofessional stereotyping (Ateah et al., 2011).

An online survey hosted by the JISC online survey platform used purposive sampling of students enrolled on 13 health and social care programmes at a UK University in order to explore facilitators and barriers to IPE in an academic setting from the student perspective.

Results: 75% of respondents agreed that IPE was relevant to their studies; 73% agreed IPE benefits service users; 70% agreed IPE promotes interprofessional respect and 72% agreed IPE enhances interprofessional communication skills. The qualitative data was analysed following a basic system of thematic analysis, with 4 emergent themes: relevance of IPE, motivation to engage, mode of delivery, content.
Recommendations: the relevance and importance of IPE should be highlighted to students from the start of their programme to motivate them to engage; IPE should be accessible and offered in a variety of formats (eg face to face, synchronous/asynchronous online); Facilitators should ensure content is relevant to the student group, using authentic case studies with clear links to practice.

This presentation provides an opportunity to showcase IPECP at the University of Northampton with a global audience.
Period27 Jun 202329 Jun 2023
Event titleINHWE 3rd International Congress of Health Education and Research and AoME Annual Academic Meeting: Learning Together for Clinical Excellence
Event typeConference
LocationCardiff, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational