A Novel Interprofessional Education and Supervision Student Placement Model: Student and Clinical Educator Perspectives and Experiences

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Martin, Priya, Hill, Anne, Ford, Martelle, Barnett, Tessa, Graham, Nicky and Argus, Geoff. 2022. "A Novel Interprofessional Education and Supervision Student Placement Model: Student and Clinical Educator Perspectives and Experiences." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19 (17). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191710734
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A Novel Interprofessional Education and Supervision Student Placement Model: Student and Clinical Educator Perspectives and Experiences

ERA Journal ID44293
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMartin, Priya, Hill, Anne, Ford, Martelle, Barnett, Tessa, Graham, Nicky and Argus, Geoff
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal Citation19 (17)
Article Number10734
Number of Pages12
Year2022
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN1660-4601
1661-7827
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191710734
Web Address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/17/10734
Abstract

Interprofessional student placements can not only cater to the added pressures on student placement numbers but can also enhance the work readiness of new graduates. For rural areas, there is a potential for interprofessional student placements to attract the future healthcare workforce. However, tried and tested models of interprofessional placements in rural areas backed up by rigorous evaluation, remain scarce. The Rural Interprofessional Education and Supervision (RIPES) model was developed, implemented, and evaluated across four rural health services in Queensland to address this gap. Students from two or more professions undertook concurrent placements at RIPES sites, with a placement overlap period of at least five weeks. Eleven focus groups (n = 58) with clinical educators (CEs) and students were conducted to explore student and clinical educator experiences and perspectives. Content analysis of focus group data resulted in the development of the following categories: value of the RIPES placement model, unintended benefits to CEs, work units and rural areas, tension between uni-professional and IPE components, and sustainability considerations. Students and CEs alike valued the learning which arose from participation in the model and the positive flow-on effects to both patient care and work units. This unique study was undertaken in response to previous calls to address a gap in interprofessional education models in rural areas. It involved students from multiple professions and universities, explored perspectives and experiences from multiple stakeholders, and followed international best practice interprofessional education research recommendations. Findings can inform the future use and sustainability of the RIPES model.

Keywordsinterprofessional education; inter-sectoral partnerships; rural health; student placements; interprofessional supervision
ANZSRC Field of Research 20204206. Public health
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Darling Downs Health, Australia
Cairns Hospital and Health Service, Australia
School of Psychology and Wellbeing
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