Reflective Account Of Inter Professional Education

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IPE Reflective Account Introduction It has been said that “effective teamwork and communication in healthcare helps the functioning of the team itself, however, for a patient it is pivotal, and in some cases can be the difference between life and death” (Knox & Simpson, 2004; Mickan, 2005). Inter-professional Education – IPE- can be defined as “occasions when two or more professions learn from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care” (CAIPE, 1997 revised). Therefore, Inter-professional Education is an integral mechanism in establishing the key teamwork and communication skills that will need to be implemented in a healthcare setting in the future as “no one individual will have all the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of patients” (Reeves et al, 2010). My reflection of this IPE experience will be based upon both the Kolb Cycle (Kolb, 1984) and the Tuckman model (Tuckman, 1965). Concrete Experience Over a four week period the aim of the task was to participate with members of other healthcare disciplines (nurses, medical students, and midwifery students) and produce a presentation based upon safe patient centred care, in our group’s case: “How to reduce errors in medicines managements.” Using Tuckman’s (1965) model of group development, our first session can be considered as our “forming stage.” This was on the basis that it involved introducing ourselves to one another and to quote Price (2001): “we created and negotiated an

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