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Universities collaboration increase competence

Published: 25 March 2015

For the first time, students at Luleå Universityof Technology and Umeå University gather to get a better understanding of team collusion importance. The aim is to create positive care- and rehabilitation processes, and increase knowledge of eachothers areas of expertise.

– It was instructive to work together with other professions and hear their views and see the situation from a different perspective. It was a real situation that is great to practice and discuss the programme, says Petter Tängman, nursing student at Luleå University of Technology.

Students at occupational therapy-, fysioterapeut- and the nursing program at Luleå University of Technology and medical programme at Umeå University campus Sunderbyn, met one day last week to work with team collaboration.

Role play with group reflection

Through role-play, the students practiced on patient-centered care and utilize each other's expertise. The roleplay is based on the patient Elsa and her relative, who has a related conversation with the working team, included different professions. Together, they help each other to make a good plan for the patient. The students played various professional roles, patients and families, and those who were not active acted as observers. They gathered on valuable observations before the group reflection that followed immediately after the role play. In the group reflection ideas about their own and others' performance were exchanged, as well as thoughts on what was good and what could be done differently. Also questions about what characterizes a team work, what routines strengthen of a good cooperation and how different professional groups complement each were highlightened durign the groupreflection.

Understanding each other's skills

The teamwork creates a common knowledge base that is used in the work. By interacting gets everyone involved a better understanding of each other's knowledge and values.

- Teamwork brings great benefits to the patient, and provids the opportunity to deepen your own professional knowledge by meeting and learning from other professions', says Carina Karlsson, lecturer in occupational therapy program Luleå University of Technology.

When the day ended, students gave feedback on what was positive and what could be done better.
– It was great that an interprofessional day could be organized. It has been requested by the students, but for some the role play seemed to be an obstacle. These days should be compulsory for at least two occasions during the education, says Lise Lott Andersson, teacher at the medical programme at the University of Umeå, based at Sunderby hospital, and medical consultant at the women's clinic at Sunderby hospital.


Students' comments on the day:

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Lilian Van Ouwerkerk, Josefin Rahkola, Nathalie Lindahl and Johanna Strålberg, physiotherapy students

- It is fun and interesting to know what everyone is doing.
- It becomes clearer with role-playing when we got to work with professionals we never have met.
- Good interpersonal skills are needed to get a good rehabilitation.
- Team Operations are demanded by employers, so we must learn in the programme.

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Richard Ahrngren and Hanna Hövenmark, medical students

- We have done roleplay before, but now are working groups added, which  we never have met. It is good that we learn about each other's work roles in the programme. We get a "we-feeling" within various professions that complement each other.
- The situation became realistic and everyone was involved. It was very good to hear what other professionals can offer. It becomes very concrete when we work with a patient situation.

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Sophia Comforter Hay and Josephine Beach, occupational therapy students

- We got the experience to act the patient and the care felt professionally. It felt safe.
- It was useful to  have a doctor in the group to see how we complement each other based on our skills. It was instructive.

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Petter Tängman, nursing student

- It was instructive to work in collaboration with other professions and to hear their views and see the situation from a different perspective. It was a real situation that is good to practice and discuss in the programme.