Delivering quality improvements in patient care: the application of the Leicester Model of interprofessional education

Authors: Lennox, A1; Anderson, ES2

Source: Quality in Primary Care, Volume 20, Number 3, July 2012 , pp. 219-226(8)

Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.

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Background: This paper places the importance of evidence-based models of interprofessional education (IPE) within the context of a changing National Health Service (NHS). The coalition government has placed integrated care at the heart of its vision for England's health system. Its principles are to put patients at the centre of the NHS, empower clinicians to lead commissioning and change the emphasis of measurement to quality clinical outcomes. As a result, NHS services are being increasingly tendered along evidence-based care pathways and commissioners are introducing payment by results tariffs, requiring providers to achieve quality outcomes as a requirement of full payment.

Aim: We argue that in preparing the health and social care workforce for outcome-based practice, the development of technical skills should be complemented with skills for effective teamworking and collaborative practice.

Methods: This paper shares the achievements of the Leicester Model of IPE which is underpinned by theoretical models of learning and implemented entirely in clinical practice; mixed research methods demonstrate that its learning potential is as relevant today as when it was first implemented in 1996.

Results: Our extensive research evidence demonstrates that students and healthcare professionals undertaking these programmes are enabled to perceive care pathways from service and providers perspectives; they gain valuable insights into how teams balance task- and patient-related issues, offer clarity about the team's effectiveness and gain new insights into collaborative opportunities to address patients' needs.

Conclusion: We demonstrate that models such as ours offer evidence-based solutions which will support the achievement of quality outcomes for service providers, many of whom are reviewing their business plans to address the financial implications of payment by results. The current NHS reforms provide a hugely important lever in which IPE can come of age – in return we need to ensure that our NHS colleagues are informed of its potential.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Senior Lecturer, Medical Education and General Practitioner, Department of Medical and Social Care Education, University of Leicester, UK 2: Senior Lecturer in Shared Learning, Department of Medical and Social Care Education, University of Leicester, UK

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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