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WHIRL Study: Workplace Health Interprofessional Learning in the Construction Industry

Version 1 : Received: 19 August 2020 / Approved: 20 August 2020 / Online: 20 August 2020 (09:42:29 CEST)

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Blake, H.; Somerset, S.; Whittingham, K.; Middleton, M.; Yildirim, M.; Evans, C. WHIRL Study: Workplace Health Interprofessional Learning in the Construction Industry. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6815. Blake, H.; Somerset, S.; Whittingham, K.; Middleton, M.; Yildirim, M.; Evans, C. WHIRL Study: Workplace Health Interprofessional Learning in the Construction Industry. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6815.

Journal reference: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6815
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17186815

Abstract

Interprofessional learning (IPL) is essential to prepare healthcare trainees as the future public health workforce. WHIRL was an innovative IPL intervention that engaged multi-professional teams of volunteer healthcare trainees (n=20) to deliver health checks (n=464), including tailored advice and signposting, to employees in the UK construction industry (across 21 events, 16 sites, 10 organisations) as part of an ongoing research programme called [email protected] Volunteers undertook a four-part training and support package of trainer-led education, observations of practice, self-directed learning and clinical supervision, together with peer mentoring. In a one-group post-test only design, IPL outcomes were measured using the Inventory of Reflective Vignette - Interprofessional Learning (IRV-IPL), and the psychometric properties of the IRV-IPL tool were tested. WHIRL demonstrably improved healthcare trainees’ interprofessional skills in all five areas of collaboration, coordination, cooperation, communication, and commendation. The IRV-IPL tool was found to be a valid and reliable measure of interprofessional competencies across three scenarios; before and after health promotion activities, and as a predictor of future health promotion competence. This industry-based workplace IPL programme resulted in attainment of health check competencies, and bridged the gap between research, education and clinical practice.

Subject Areas

workplace; health promotion; public health; health checks; education; construction

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