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Collaborative Practice

The Centre develops, pilots and evaluates innovative approaches to team-based practice and learning for both students and clinicians; for which an understanding of the functioning of teams and complexity of care in health is essential. Teams are important because they are made up of people who have more or less flexible ways of keying into care complexities. Care is complex because, as it unfolds in the here-and-now, it acts as the ‘collection point’ for a number of ‘runaway’ phenomena; patients present with increasing numbers of diseases or multimorbidities and require an increasing number of clinicians of different disciplines to oversee and manage an increasing numbers of tests, treatments, drugs, technologies and so forth. The future of health care is team-based and its improvement is depended upon innovation which is intrinsically interprofessional.

An educational resource to address a vexing shortfall in health care improvement, patient safety and implementation science. There is a dearth of learning materials and educational opportunities that are available for inducting practitioners into handling unexpected clinical outcomes, reflecting on their personal performance in response to such outcomes (over and above rule and script compliance), and deliberating effective and novel ways forward from complex challenges. This resource is an experiential learning event that aims to engage participants in deliberating credible (based on a real-life) sets of events and information.

Handover improvement work to date has been framed within ‘check list’-like frameworks aiming to systematise communication and render it as standardised and predictable. The central idea being explored is that dance movement therapy may impact on clinicians’ approach to handover by highlighting their inherent behavioural and mobility routines. Working with dance experts, and drawing on Dance Movement Therapy, handover practices will be filmed and scrutinised to capture predominant mobility features which can then be integrated into dance representations with the aim of eliciting reflections from clinicians about how they work together, how they move and how they embody their professional roles.

Interprofessional learning, collaborative practice and integrated care are now at the forefront of healthcare policy makers’ priorities. However these policy priorities come with limited guidance supporting their practical realisation. New methods and approaches that scale the chasm between interprofessional aspiration and service reality are called for. What kinds of interprofessional learning and working are needed to tackle the increasingly complex circumstances that define the real world of care provision?

When harm happens – an experiential learning event

We are creating an educational resource in the form of an experiential learning event that aims to engage participants in deliberating credible sets of events and information. The project is led by Professor Rick Iedema and Dr Mary Adams, with fanSHEN commissioned.

Handover choreography – practice improvement through mobility analysis

King's Cultural Institute has funded an investigation of the choreographic dimensions of clinical handover. The project is led by Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, with Professor Rick Iedema providing expertise in the use of video reflexive ethnography.


King's CAIPE Conference 2020: Reduction of Harm Through Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

The Centre will be hosting King’s CAIPE Conference 2020: Reduction of Harm Through Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. The conference will take place over three days, 18-20 June 2020, at the College’s Strand Campus, London. Its principal aim is to take on the question of how to realise interprofessionalism and interprofessional learning in ways that impact on how care happens.