Fri, 20 May 2011
180 practice educators from across the region attended conference organised by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Over 180 delegates from across the region attended the “QIPP Alive” conference organised by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia. To enhance their clinical and academic partnership the schools of Allied Health Professions and Nursing and Midwifery invited practice educators, mentors, students, service and workforce managers to focus on the QIPP agenda in relation to educating health care students on practice, and to develop existing practice within the health and social care workforce.
The Quality, Innovation, Prevention and Productivity (QIPP) initiative is the government’s call to action to ensure that each pound spent is used to bring maximum benefit and quality of care to patients. These themes provided the framework for the Conference, with keynote speeches on each component of QIPP, including input from students about their learning experiences on placements. The afternoon offered a variety of workshops and the chance to network across services and professional groups.
Catherine Wells, senior lecturer in the School of Allied Health Professions at UEA who led the conference organising committee, said, “It’s been fantastic to get such a good response from the organisations who provide learning opportunities for our students . These clinicians are critical in preparing students for the delivery of future health and social care. The interactive presentations and workshops today demonstrated that both students and educators have a huge amount to offer in meeting the QIPP agenda, bringing fresh ideas to practice and making key observations that will make all the difference to the patient experience and quality service delivery.”
Steve Joy, Practice Education Facilitator for Cambridgeshire, summed up the conference as, ‘extremely worthwhile and positive.’ He added “It was an amazingly well organised event, with interesting topics and presentations. The drive and buzz of the delegates during the breakout times was evident for all to see. The conference was a ‘diamond’ standard marker for all other HEIs”.