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    ‘Not the last resort’: the impact of an interprofessional training care home initiative on students, staff, and residents

    Kelly, Siobhán, Stephens, Melanie, Clark, Andrew, Chesterton, Lorna ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9668-1941 and Hubbard, Lydia (2023) ‘Not the last resort’: the impact of an interprofessional training care home initiative on students, staff, and residents. Journal of Interprofessional Care. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1356-1820

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    Abstract

    This paper reports on an innovative interprofessional education (IPE) initiative conducted in three care homes across Greater Manchester in the United Kingdom (UK). Students from a variety of professions including nursing, physiotherapy, social work, podiatry, counseling, and sports rehabilitation worked collaboratively in the homes to address the residents’ individual goals. We found that care homes provided students with many opportunities for interprofessional working and learning. Through better understanding the dimensions of different perspectives and approaches, students improved their education and transformed their perceptions of aged care. Having a diverse range of professionals allowed staff to gain insight into the latest evidence-based practice and address the multiple needs of the residents more holistically. Residents gained an enriched sense of meaning and purpose in their daily life by engaging in fulfilling and meaningful activities. The complexities of undertaking an IPE initiative in this setting are also considered and we conclude by proposing important avenues for future research.

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