Evaluating the impact on practice of a west of Berkshire protected learning time initiative in primary care
Authors: Stenner, Karen; Iacovou, Nicci
Source: Education for Primary Care, Volume 17, Number 4, July 2006 , pp. 371-378(8)
Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
Abstract:WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN IN THIS AREA
• Research indicates that Protected Learning Time (PLT) events in primary care enable professionals to network and share ideas.
• A variety of educational techniques have been shown to improve performance of individual practitioners in other settings.
• Beyond one-off examples, there is little published evidence that PLT helps to improve practice.
WHAT THIS WORK ADDS
• It describes a range of ways in which PLT has impacted on practice at the level of the individual, the team and the wider organisation.
• It highlights the main benefits of large event PLT according to participants at a Berkshire initiative. The benefits include increased awareness of services, increased understanding of illnesses and improved treatment.
SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH
• Do large PLT events have different outcomes from practice-based PLT?
• How does PLT impact on the development of a learning culture?
• How can large learning events best meet the needs of different groups of professionals?
• What impact, if any, does the closure of surgeries for PLT have on use of out-of-hours services or subsequent workload?
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-07-01
- GP Non-Principals Supplement February 2002
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