Outcomes of interprofessional education for Community Mental Health Services in England: the longitudinal evaluation of a postgraduate programme

J Carpenter, D Barnes, C Dickinson, D Wooff

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Abstract

We report a comprehensive, longitudinal evaluation of a two-year, part-time postgraduate programme designed to enable health and social care professionals in England to work together to deliver new community mental health services, including psychosocial interventions (PSIs). The study tracked three successive cohorts of students (N = 111) through their learning. Outcomes were assessed according to the Kirkpatrick/Barr et al. framework using a mixed methodology, which employed both quantitative measures and interviews. The students evaluated the programme positively and appreciated its focus on interprofessional learning and partnership with services users, but mean levels of stress increased and almost one quarter dropped out. There was considerable evidence of professional stereotyping but little evidence of change in these during the programme. Students reported substantial increases in their knowledge and skills in multidisciplinary team working and use of PSIs (p<0.001). Experiences in the implementation of learning varied; in general, students reported significantly greater role conflict (p = 0.01) compared to a sample of their team colleagues (N = 62), but there was strong evidence from self-report measures (p
Translated title of the contributionOutcomes of interprofessional education for Community Mental Health Services in England: the longitudinal evaluation of a postgraduate programme
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145 - 161
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Volume20 (2)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006

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Publisher: Routledge

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