NOT THE LAST RESORT: the impact of an interprofessional training care home on residents, care home staff, and students

Stephens, M ORCID:, Kelly, SA ORCID:, Clark, AJ ORCID:, Granat, MH ORCID:, Garbutt, RS and Hubbard, L 2022, NOT THE LAST RESORT: the impact of an interprofessional training care home on residents, care home staff, and students , Project Report, University of Salford, University of Salford.

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Care homes are a fundamental part of the health and social care system, and with demand in the sector expected to increase, it is important to better understand how the sector can improve recruitment and retention, be sustainably staffed, and promote collaborative practice. While interprofessional training environments are increasingly seen as a key stage in advancing health and social care systems, little is known about interprofessional student training schemes in the context of the UK care home environment. This pilot study aimed to implement and evaluate a 6-week IPE student training placement scheme across three care homes across in Greater Manchester. Students (n=15) across a variety of disciplines - including nursing, physiotherapy, social work, podiatry, counselling, and sports rehabilitation - were placed within the homes to work in an interprofessional environment and address the goals of residents as a collaborative team. A total of 52 qualitative semistructured interviews were undertaken with residents (n=10), care home staff (n=12) and students (n=30), over a period of 5 months. Quantitative data was collected by administering an AGEIN questionnaire to students pre and post placement (n=13). The questionnaire asked students about their perceptions of, and attitudes toward, working with older people. Our study suggests that care homes provide students with an ideal environment for interprofessional working and learning. Through better understanding the dimensions of difference perspectives and approaches, students felt the project improved their education and shifted their perceptions of aged care. Staff benefit from new ways of working, improving their knowledge and skills, which in turn enhances the care the residents receive. Findings also highlight the complex barriers that influence interprofessional learning in the care home setting. In this report we will discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing interprofessional education in care home settings, detail the positive and transformative impacts the experience had on residents, staff and students and consider the future direction of such schemes

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: University of Salford
ISBN: 9781912337637
Funders: GM PMO (HEE)
Depositing User: Mrs Melanie Stephens
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2022 12:14
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 09:48

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