Introduction: Inter-professional education is a major component of healthcare curricula as there is increased awareness of the need to train safe, effective teams. Whilst Inter-professional Simulation-based Education (IPSE) is common in medicine and nursing curricula it is less evident in other professional groups including radiographers (Gough et. al, 2012) despite a national drive to increase allied health professions simulation training. Mackay et. al. (2007) reports that graduate radiographers are unprepared in terms of knowledge and experience in trauma cases. We have developed a trauma inter-professional simulation-based programme as a joint venture between two Universities. Our aim was to explore the views of radiography, nursing and medical students regarding their preparedness for dealing with trauma and describe inter-professional learning outcomes. Methods: All second-year student radiographers (n=39) and a convenience sample of nursing (n=10) and medical (n=5) students were invited to participate. Students were given a simulated trauma scenario and completed pre and post-scenario questionnaires. Paired responses were analysed using Wilcoxin paired tests (SPSS v22). Thematic analysis of free text responses was performed using NVIVO 10. Ethical Approval was granted for this mixed methods study. Results: 54 students were recruited. Prior to completing the scenario, the majority (n=26) indicated they were unprepared to deal with trauma. Post-scenario significantly more felt prepared to undertake their role in the trauma team and had better understanding of their and other professions roles in trauma (P<0.01). Analysis of student’s perspectives regarding challenges in the trauma setting revealed four main themes; “patient factors”, particularly moving and handling of trauma patients, “environmental factors” including the pressurised environment, “technical factors” including adapting radiographic technique and “communication” with patients and other professionals. Conclusions: IPSE is an effective means of preparing undergraduate health care students to understand their and others roles within the trauma team in preparedness for professional practice.
|Published - 2015