This innovative project explores the benefits of community based inter-professional learning with a cohort 41 third year medical and nursing students. The students implemented newly acquired Health Coaching skills (after attending a health coaching course) when visiting selected ‘high risk for admission’ patients in West London over a four month period.
The sessions provided students with an opportunity to practise listening and talking to patients, develop a better understanding of patients who have complex health needs; and become a valued, active member of the health care community. Inter-professional learning is a new concept at Imperial College London and the challenges of bringing medical students from Imperial College and nursing students from Buckinghamshire New University together, providing them with skills around Health Coaching, and arranging for them to see patients in the community was ambitious.
The early results from the evaluation of the programme have been very positive, with the students gaining insight into the benefits of inter-professional learning.
Gillian Williams. Elena Barquero and Mydhili Chellappah from the team.