The Northern Savo Centre of Expertise for the Interprofessional Social and Health Care Education
There is an increasing need for new ways to think about how and on what we are working in health and social care. Interprofessional work and studying interprofessionally have become more important. The Northern Savo Centre of Expertise for the Interprofessional Social and Health Care Education builds new interprofessional environments and models, which respond to the changing needs of social and health care. It creates possibilities for the inventive collaboration between universities, health and social care sector and business.
This project has been planned together with the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and Savonia University of Applied Sciences (Savonia). There are thousands of students in the UEF and Savonia studying health and social care disciplines. Therefore, we in Northern Savo have a unique opportunity to provide interprofessional education with the real health and social care environment and strengthen the connection between work and education.
The project has four missions:
The preparation of the interprofessional training model
New interprofessional learning environment in the acute care ward of the Kuopio University Hospital
New interprofessional learning environment in primary health care
Education of the social and health care professionals to act as mentors in the interprofessional training
The project is carried out from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022. It is funded by the European social fund.
For more information, please contact project manager Henna Saari: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SOKK Competency Objectives
We have defined general competency objectives for The Northern Savo Centre of Expertise for the Interprofessional Social and Health Care Education, also known as SOKK. The competency objectives are common to all social and health care students who study according to the SOKK Teaching Model.
The SOKK Competency Objectives are:
- The student knows how to operate in their professional role and explain the roles of different social and health care professionals in interprofessional services.
- The student is able to explain why and how interprofessional cooperation is done in social and health services.
- The student recognizes the principles of ethical and customer- and patient-oriented operations in interprofessional teams, working groups and networks.
- The student can analyze how interprofessional work promotes customer and patient safety.
- The student can reflect on the interaction and work of an interprofessional team as well as their own work as a member of an interprofessional team.
The SOKK Teaching Model
The SOKK digital learning environment
The SOKK digital learning environment for social and health care students supports interprofessional collaboration. Before entering the interprofessional learning environments in social and health care, students group together with their interprofessional student team and study the learning material. The SOKK digital learning environment supports the collaborative skills of future professionals and prepares them to work as an interprofessional team in social and health care services. We are piloting the digital learning environment from September 2021.
The SOKK digital learning environment consists of the following materials:
The interprofessional learning environments in social and health care
Results from the SOKK pilots
We piloted the SOKK Teaching Model in 2021. We launched the pilots of interprofessional theoretical studies for social and health care students and interprofessional mentor training for social and health care professionals online at DigiCampus Moodle in September. We piloted the interprofessional learning in practice -model in social and health care system in November. We gathered feedback from those who participated in the pilots. 29 students and 21 professionals responded to the survey. We present the preliminary results of the pilots and our views in the summary below.
The pilots were implemented in the acute ward of the Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio city social and health care, Päihdepalvelusäätiö (the substance abuse treatment foundation in Kuopio), Kysteri primary health care and Rautavaara municipal social services and Ylä-Savon SOTE Joint Municipal Authority in Northern Savo. We planned the content and implementation of interprofessional learning in practice -model together with the partner organizations of our project. Representatives from all levels of management and interprofessional mentors should be involved already in the planning. Commitment to the planning and implementation of the model is important. Lack of resources can make commitment difficult.
A total of 36 undergraduate students from medicine, nutrition science and social work from the University of Eastern Finland and physiotherapy, nursing and social services from Savonia University of Applied Sciences participated in the pilots. The students had the opportunity to study interprofessional theoretical studies and get to know each other in the digital learning environment before entering the interprofessional learning environments in social and health care. Interprofessional learning period in social and health care lasted 2–7 days, depending on the learning environment. The students stayed there 1–7 days. About 70 % of the students considered 1–3 days to be preferable, and about 30 % wanted to study longer. The students worked in interprofessional teams of 2 to 5 people, depending on the learning environment. The team size was considered ideal. No more than one student in the same field participated in the team at a time.
Interprofessional customer and patient work was implemented well. The students learned interprofessional skills and practices. Based on the pilots, the interprofessional assessment of care and service needs, the customer-oriented care and service plan and reflective conversations are excellent ways to learn interprofessional collaboration. The customer experience was positive, and customers would recommend the service to their peers.
The professionals working in social and heath care mentored interprofessional student teams during the pilots. The interprofessional mentoring worked well. The organizations participating in the pilots admitted one day for the interprofessional mentor training, which was considered useful.
Interprofessional collaboration, in all its complexity, is a powerful learning method that can evoke surprising feelings and reactions. It is important for the participants to respond well to sudden changes and emotional reactions, give time and space for the formation of new competencies and support each other. Over 80 % of students and 100 % of professionals would recommend this implementation to their peers. Based on the results of the survey the professionals were excited to develop interprofessional learning in practice -model further. Building common operating models in welfare area is considered important, and interprofessional collaboration is seen as a customer-oriented way of working in the future.
The SOKK Pedagogical Model
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