Newsletter, Issue 1, May 2018

By 7th May 2018June 9th, 2019News

Introduction to our project-Simulation- based education and diversity for health professionals.

Why cultural competence is important in health care and how we aim to address this. 

Meet the project team.

 

Optimizing patient safety through culturally competent simulation-based education with health professionals.

We are delighted to welcome you to the first newsletter of our Erasmus funded project otherwise known as Sim-Versity. In 2017 we were awarded European funding from the Erasmus+ 2017 Key Action 203 Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Fund. Our collaborative project began on the 1st September 2017 and will run for 3 years. It involves 4 participating countries and is co-ordinated by the University of Bradford United Kingdom. The other participating institutions are Savonia University of Applied Sciences Ltd Finland, University of Maribor Slovenia and University College Cork Ireland. Other members of the partnership include students and experts by experience who have contributed enormously to the project.

Members of the partnership are health professional and share a common interest in cultural diversity and simulation-based education. The overall aim of the project is to develop and implement web- based resources to optimize cultural competence among health professionals through in simulation- based education. To achieve our goals, we are delighted and honoured to have the expertise of global leaders in patient safety; Professor Gerry Armitage, equality and diversity; Professor Udy Archibong and the chair of the Association for Simulation in Practice Healthcare Dr Purva Makani.

Uduak Archibong MBE, Professor of Diversity Director, Centre for Inclusion and Diversity Strategic Advisor Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Bradford said:

“I am thrilled that we have secured this funding. The Sim-Versity project will ensure our teaching and learning of cultural competence in health professional education curricula focus on both theoretical and experiential learning. This will further develop in our students the desirable graduate attribute and skills to communicate competently and sensitively with an increasingly diverse range of patients and professionals.”

 

What is our project about?

This project will address global concerns around social inclusion and justice; tackling inequality and diversity around gender, ethnicity, disability and age. Educating health professionals about diversity through simulation-based education creates a unique opportunity to promote social inclusion and cohesion; this reinforces the need to be able to respond appropriately and effectively to people with diverse needs; for example, a transgender person or someone who is partially sighted. The driver for this project is inclusive practice through cultural competence and this applies to not only patients and their carers as consumers of health care, but also to diverse health professional students and faculty teachers, for example, those with spiritual or religious beliefs or people who have additional needs such as a hearing impairment.

“Cultural competence in a health context is how we as health professionals ideally think, feel and behave towards people who may be different to us. Health care examples may be a nurse looking after a partially sighted child or a radiographer caring for an older Black woman who defines herself as a lesbian.”

Dr Gabrielle Tracy McClelland; Registered General and Mental Health Nurse

 

Startup meeting

On 16th and 17th October 2017, The University of Bradford as the coordinator of the Sim-Versity project hosted the first transnational project meeting with all partners; including students and ‘experts by experience’. Everyone participated in an engaging and productive meeting. The overall aims of the project were discussed alongside details of activities, responsibilities and timescales.

A further interim meeting was held at the University of Life Sciences, Savonia Finland on 20th-21st February 2018. During this meeting preparatory work on the intellectual outputs was discussed; the Sim-Versity web-hub, simulation-based education cultural competence self-assessment tool and toolkit.

Forthcoming events:

May 22nd-23rd, 2018; second Transnational Meeting University of Maribor, Slovenia.

16th-17th May 2018; Dissemination, sustainability and impact in Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships (KA2) event, Bonn, Germany.

May/June 2018; Sim Versity cafes all partners.

13th-15th November 2018; Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare. Conference England)

https://aspih.org.uk/

Forthcoming events:

May 22nd-23rd, 2018; second Transnational Meeting University of Maribor, Slovenia.

16th-17th May 2018; Dissemination, sustainability and impact in Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships (KA2) event, Bonn, Germany.

May/June 2018; Sim Versity cafes all partners.

13th-15th November 2018; Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare. Conference England)

https://aspih.org.uk/

 

The Project Coordinator Dr Gabrielle Tracy McClelland is more than happy to respond to any questions regarding this project and is based at the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire England and is contactable by email at: g.t.mcclelland@bradford.ac.uk