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WHIRL Study: Workplace Health Interprofessional Learning in the Construction Industry

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School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
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National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
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School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6815; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186815
Received: 19 August 2020 / Revised: 16 September 2020 / Accepted: 17 September 2020 / Published: 18 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Workplace Health and Wellbeing 2020)
Interprofessional learning (IPL) is essential to prepare healthcare trainees as the future public health workforce. WHIRL (Workplace Health InteRprofessional Learning) was an innovative IPL intervention that engaged volunteer healthcare trainees (n = 20) in multi-professional teams 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 the attainment of health check competencies and bridged the gap between research, education and clinical practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: workplace; health promotion; interprofessional learning; interprofessional education; construction; public health; health checks workplace; health promotion; interprofessional learning; interprofessional education; construction; public health; health checks
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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186815

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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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(18):6815. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186815

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Blake, Holly; Somerset, Sarah; Whittingham, Katharine; Middleton, Matthew; Yildirim, Mehmet; Evans, Catrin. 2020. "WHIRL Study: Workplace Health Interprofessional Learning in the Construction Industry" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 18: 6815. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186815

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