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.The first episode begins with a paramedic talking us through being called to a café where a pregnant woman, who has her five-year-old child with her, is reported to have had a seizure. This episode will end with a transfer to the Emergency Department, where Episode 2 will pick up the story.
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.
Our paramedic will talk us through the process and procedure and say something about what it feels like doing this job. We think understanding the humanity of other professionals is one of the most important things to be gained from learning together. Individuals come to understand and better their own and others' involvement, influence, and impact on patient, client and service user outcomes.
As well as the main speaker, we will have a 'chorus' of people from other professions and subjects across the Faculty of Health. The chorus is there to briefly say how their area 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 1, 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. The chorus will also guide discussion between students and will answer questions.
We hope you will join us for Episode 1. 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. Please also understand that some people may find the things we cover distressing. The episodes are fictionalised but based around the experience of professionals involved. Please do not feel you need to attend if you think it might be upsetting.
This series is aimed at University of Plymouth first year undergraduate students and you must pre-register to attend this event. This is so 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 Sunday 17 October.
The episode itself will play out live over an hour and a half. The paramedic and the chorus will stay online for at least half an hour after that for students who would like to ask questions or discuss the episode further. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you sign up and can no longer attend, please email PIHC@plymouth.ac.uk
Information about future episodes will be added to this page when available.
You can also find out more about the Plymouth Integrative Health and Social Care Education Centre (PIHC) via the above link.