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 second episode of PIHC Connect builds connections between students across all the subjects and professions of the Faculty of Health and follows on from Episode 1 which featured a paramedic 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. We learned a little about the process and procedure, but also something about what it feels like to do the work of a paramedic, and heard from staff and students in other professions and subjects about how what unfolded was relevant to their own specialism.
You do not need to have attended Episode 1 to join us for Episode 2, but you can watch a recording by following this link ‘Episode 1 – Paramedic’ . If you have any questions or comments on this episode please use the ‘discussion board’ on our website.
Episode 2 will pick up the story as the patient and her child arrive at the Emergency Department. Experienced staff will tell us about the handover process and the range of people involved at the hospital. As in Episode 1, 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 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 2, 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 2. 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. 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 Tuesday 16 November. 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
Episode 3 in the series is 'Transfer to the ward' and is scheduled for a new date of 9 December. Information about this episode 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.