Strand 5: Internationalisation & global challenges in healthcare education
Interprofessional simulation (IPS) is a method of providing an experiential learning opportunity to increase knowledge and understanding of other professions (Failla and Macauley, 2014). The World Health Organisation (WHO) (2010) suggest that interprofessional education concerns two or more professions learning about, from and with each other in order to effectively collaborate and improve health outcomes. Gough et al (2011) recognise that IPS can improve knowledge, confidence, team working and communication, thus a useful approach in undergraduate education.
The simulation facilities at UoS have recently expanded and include a variety of environments, such facilities allow students to become immersed within practice based scenarios. Although simulation is embedded in individual programmes within UoS undergraduate health and social care programmes, it was recognised that there was no IPS learning opportunity provided.