"More effort and more time": Considerations for pharmacy involvement in workplace interprofessional education programmes

Marisa Hodgkinson, Fiona Kent, Katrina Nankervis, Christina Johnson, Julie Baulch, Terry Haines

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Background: Health professionals need to work collaboratively in interprofessional teams to provide safe and effective patient-centred healthcare. Workplace interprofessional education (IPE) contributes to interprofessional team development. Decisions about ‘what’ and ‘how’ IPE can be embedded in the workplace are required (CIHC, 2010; WHO, 2010).
Objectives: To identify existing workplace IPE activities and explore clinicians’ perspectives of opportunities and challenges for designing and delivering workplace IPE programmes.
Methodology: A qualitative study of IPE activities in a large teaching healthcare network was undertaken. An IPE activity was defined as a structured education activity
that combined pre- or post-registration learners from different professions to facilitate learning between professions. Clinicians involved in the design/delivery of IPE activities participated in a semi-structured interview to discuss their existing programmes and perspectives of opportunities/challenges facing future work. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed and thematically analysed.
Results: Fifteen clinicians were interviewed, representing medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, social work and speech
pathology, with 21 IPE activities identified. IPE activities involving pharmacy included: orientation; medication safety/prescribing, anticoagulation, antimicrobial
stewardship and allergies/adverse drug reactions (ADRs) workshops; and allergies/ADRs and delirium/dementia online training modules. Three themes were identified to inform future work: clinician factors (time, engagement,
teaching skills); organisational factors (logistics, culture, leadership, funding, space/equipment); and IPE considerations (justification, education design/delivery,
Discussion: There was evidence of embedded workplace IPE activities. Clinician, organisational and IPE factors should be considered for workplace IPE to be developed
and sustained. Leadership, education skills, dedicated education roles/portfolios, collaborative design/delivery and education resources were also success factors.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2018
EventLife Long Learning in Pharmacy Conference - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 6 Jul 20189 Jul 2018
Conference number: 12th


ConferenceLife Long Learning in Pharmacy Conference
Abbreviated titleLLLP
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