Mrs Kristine Kelly1, Ms Claire Costellow1, Ms Tania Hobson1
1Children’s Health Queensland Hospital And Health Service, Brisbane, Australia
Background: Interprofessional Practice (IPP) and education (IPE) has been identified as a key strategy to enhance quality of care, consumer satisfaction and system efficiency by establishing connections between patients and health professionals that cut across services, providers and settings¹². To fully realise these benefits, CHQHSS committed to fostering IPP/ IPE through execution of a 5-year strategy from 2019 to 2024.
Method: Through executive sponsorship by the Executive Director of Allied Health, an interprofessional working group (IPWG) of champions was convened in 2018. The IPWG developed an organisation-wide strategy and 5-year implementation roadmap commencing 2019, (across three phased horizons), to intentionally foster and expand IPP/IPE offerings. An evaluation framework was developed to ensure consistent longitudinal monitoring of effectiveness including measurement of organisational outputs and evaluation of the time-scale for change by mapping IPP/IPE activities and executing the Interprofessional Collaborative Organisation Map and Preparedness Assessment (IP-COMPASS)³. Organisational measures were performed pre-implementation and repeated across horizons.
Results: Mapping showed significant increase in IPP/IPE activities, structures and processes. Improvement across all domains of IP-COMPASS from pre-strategy measures to the current phase/horizon was shown. Preliminary data demonstrates significant improvement across IP-COMPASS constructs: Commitment to IPP; Structures and support for IPP; Commitment to IPE & Systems and supports for IPE .
Conclusion: Findings suggest successful implementation of the strategy and road map has fostered IPE/IPP activity across CHQHHS. Ongoing evaluation across the final horizon will continue to inform the success of the strategy.
- WHO study group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice and Baker, Peter G. (2010) Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organisation Press .
- Thistlewaite 2012. Interprofessional education: a review of context, learning and research agenda. Medical Education. 46: 58-70.
- Parker & Oandasan Interprofessional Collaborative Organization Map and Preparedness Assessment-IP-COMPASS. Toronto: 2012.
Having a background as a physiotherapist, Kris Kelly has worked in allied health workforce planning, development and training for the past 4 years including development the interprofessional practice and education portfolio for Children’s health in Queensland. She has previously worked extensively in pre-entry allied health, championing the introduction of simulation-based learning and interprofessional education in paediatrics for allied health professionals throughout Queensland.