The GMC guidance document ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors’ and the GPhC’s ‘Future Pharmacists’ highlights the importance of team working and an appreciation of the roles, responsibilities and skills of other health care workers. Interprofessional education (IPE) can counter inflexibility and tribalism, preparing people to Galunisertib in vitro work together to provide
quality patient care. Learning together builds a strong foundation for more effective teamwork through greater understanding of and respect for each other’s skills and expertise1. Given the importance of IPE, it seems puzzling that it is not consistently embedded into the education of undergraduates. Cardiff University School of Medicine Clinical Skills and Simulation Team and the School of Pharmacy have successfully
forged a unique partnership in order to introduce regular IPE within their School’s curricula. The aim of this current study was to evaluate pharmacy and medical students’ perceptions of IPE in learning clinical skills together. The IPE initiative adopts social constructivism as its theoretical perspective, in the belief that students from both Schools have unique views and knowledge bases of the skills that they learn together. Discussion between faculty from each School led to the agreement PLX-4720 manufacturer of learning objectives for the IPE, and a faculty lead from each School met regularly to set out a timetable for the combined training of all Year 1 medical students (300) and all Year 4 Pharmacy students (120) in the skills of Basic Life Support (BLS) and use of automated defibrillators.
Tutors from both Schools worked together over the course of 4 days to deliver the teaching. All students were summatively assessed in BLS. At the end of the session, the students were asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire to evaluate their perception of interprofessional learning. Ethical approval from the local ethics committee was sought and granted before the study was conducted. While logistically challenging to organise, the timetabled sessions of the first stage of this initiative have been highly successful, producing positive feedback from Pharmacy and Medical students. The evaluation response rate was over 90% from both medical and pharmacy undergraduates. In total, 95% of medical students and 93% of pharmacy students 2-hydroxyphytanoyl-CoA lyase agreed that ‘Learning with students of other disciplines will make me a more effective member of a health care team’. When asked whether students had ‘learnt something by observing the approach of students from the other profession’ 85% of pharmacy students agreed compared to 68% of medical students. Students clearly recognised the importance of interprofessional education between the two schools with over 92% of both student cohorts agreeing that ‘There should be more interprofessional learning between Medic and Pharmacy in the undergraduate degree’.