On 8 August 2012 we have the second inter-professional education workshop taking place at Ko Awatea. This workshop, although focused at students within Counties Manukau DHB offers food for thought on how we practice.
The first interprofessional education workshops were held in July 2012 and provided students with an opportunity to share and learn from one another. There were 8 disciplines from 4 educational institutes, with some great feedback from students:
- “Great to meet and talk with people from other disciplines – my future colleagues”
- “Fantastic, insightful and interesting”
“Given how much we rely on each other to provide the best care for our patients, these workshops are providing the next generation of health care workers the opportunity to learn about each other, perhaps dispel some perceptions, and gain skills to work better – together,” says Wendy McKinstry, Student Chapter Leader.
“The workshops also provided a great opportunity for students to raise issues and challenges and we received some great feedback. Some of the comments included:
- “There are so many different roles within the Hospital. Initially it’s hard to know who does what.”
- “The Hospital terminology is different to what we expected”
- “There were lots of areas of overlap in assessment – how do we share this?”
- “Communication between team members needs to be a priority”
So given the comments above how do we gain the skills to work together as an efficient team? Have we just assumed this will happen? What do you think?