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InterSim and learning to take a systematic approach to IPE simulations

Oral Presentation 4
Dr Billiejoan Rice, Dr Janine Stockdale

InterSim and learning to take a systematic approach to interprofessional simulations

Interprofessional simulation-based learning enables healthcare professionals to learn with, from, and about each other. Therefore, it is a powerful modality for conducting educational opportunities which brings together healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds (Benishek et al, 2020). With the opening of the KN Cheung InterSim centre at Queen’s University Belfast in 2021, came new opportunities for healthcare students to learn alongside other disciplines for the first time. Nonetheless, interprofessional education is not without challenges (Marion et al., 2023).

Using a nursing and midwifery as an example, this presentation outlines the challenges and solutions related to pre-registrant students taking part in an interprofessional simulation.

While two distinct professions, nurses and midwives do share some knowledge, skills and professionalism as outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. However, when it comes to designing simulation that meets the learning requirements of both professions, the differences in philosophy, knowledge, skills and learning goals outweigh the similarities. To align and integrate the learning goals for both professions, a co-design template that focused on the motivational impact of designing interprofessional simulation was developed and applied.

This presentation provides a copy of the designed template and suggests top tips for using it when designing and implementing interprofessional scenario-based simulation.

Conclusions: Interprofessional simulation has many benefits however, to ensure that it meets the needs of all professions, there is a need for a systematic, co-design approach. Using an agreed template provides this opportunity.