PIHC - Connecting People Across the Faculty of Health: Episode 3
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The Faculty of Health has six schools: Psychology, Medicine, Health Professions, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, and Nursing and Midwifery. Across those schools, we have undergraduate courses that include Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Child Nursing, Social Work, Medicine, Dietetics, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Paramedicine, Midwifery, Biomedical Science, Podiatry, Dentistry, Optometry and Physiotherapy.

We are delivering a virtual series over Zoom following one patient's journey to build connections between students across all these subjects and professions.

Why? Diversity leads to creativity, and putting people with different skills, interests, and knowledge together leads to wonderful new ideas and opportunities. Also, health and social care are all about teamwork, and teamwork requires us to learn together. Interprofessional learning provides students with valuable skills and experience in working productively with other professionals.

The third episode of PIHC Connect builds connections between students across all the subjects and professions of the Faculty of Health. The first episodes featured a paramedic and an emergency consultant treating a pregnant woman who had suffered a seizure in a coffee shop. We learned about the process and procedures used in such cases, but also about what it feels like to be one of the professionals involved. We also heard from staff and students in other professions and subjects about how the events were relevant to their own specialism.

You do not need to have attended the first episodes to join us for Episode 3, but you can watch a recording by following this link. If you have any questions or comments on this episode please use the ‘discussion board’ on our website.

Episode 3 will pick up the story as the patient is transferred from the Emergency Department to the maternity ward. Experienced staff will tell us about the handover process and the range of people involved at the hospital. As in Episode 1 and 2, we will also learn how it feels to be one of those people.

In addition to the main speakers, we will have a ‘chorus’ of people from other professions and subjects across the Faculty of Health. The chorus is there to explain how their profession might be relevant to what unfolds, or how they might get involved in a future episode. So even if you can’t see how your subject is relevant in Episode 3, the chorus will help you see how it will be later on, and why being involved for all episodes will bring a richer understanding of your part of the picture.

We hope you will join us for Episode 3. However, please understand that attendance is not a course requirement – it is entirely extra-curricular. If you can’t make it, it won’t be a problem for your University work. We know it would be impossible to find a time suitable for all, but have tried to pick one that might work for as many as possible. We sincerely apologise to those for whom it doesn’t work.


This series is aimed at University of Plymouth first year undergraduate students and you must pre-register to attend this event. You may still attend if you are not a first year, but please bear this in mind. Pre-registering means we know how many to expect and can plan the session accordingly. For that reason, you must register using the above link by midnight on Monday 31 January. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The episode itself will play out live over an hour and a half. The chorus will stay online for up to half an hour after that for students who would like to ask questions or discuss the episode further. If you sign up and can no longer attend, please email PIHC@plymouth.ac.uk

Future episodes

Information about future episodes will be added to the page when available.

You can also find out more about the Plymouth Integrative Health and Social Care Education Centre (PIHC) via the above link.

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