Section – Education

Education

Enhancing and enriching the health professional curricula by demonstrating the value, impact and benefits of a community engagement approach.

Currently we are working with the University of Plymouth's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry:

Dental Programme

Students complete an Inter-Professional Engagement (IPE) Module as part of the curriculum.

1st year students (IPE1)

Students spend a morning with organisations and discover the organisations role within their local community and begin to reflect on how dentistry can make an impact in these communities. Hosts this year included Family Nurse Partnership, Public Health, Eldertree, Hamoaze House and School Nurses to name a few. Students then deliver a presentation about their community organisation and reflect, digest and collate their findings to share with their peers during a presentation in the afternoon.

2nd year students (IPE2)

Building on IPE1, students spend two terms working in groups in partnership with their host organisation to research and design an intervention in the community. Some examples of recent projects are:

~ Hosting a ‘Tea and Toast’ session for residents of Devonport Towers, sharing key oral health messages and building positive relationships.

~ Holding a Christmas themed party for families in Plymstock at the local Children’s Centre to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining positive oral health routines for babies and young children.

~ Delivering an interactive workshop focusing on hand washing, infection control and oral health for members who attend Better Futures, a service supporting adults with a learning disability.

~ Presenting ‘Dental Champion’ training to the team of Social Prescribers based at Wolseley Trust Wellbeing Hub along with a fair in the foyer for community members to raise awareness of oral health.

Inter Professional Engagement Year 2 year book

We are proudly presenting the IPE2 year book for 2018-2019.

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Oral Health Education Resources

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Inter Professional Engagement Year 2 year book

We are proudly presenting the IPE2 year book for 2017-2018.

Read on for details about each project

Community engagement = an enhanced curriculum

With a proven track record in providing community based modules in the dental and medical curriculum, the Well Connected team are able to offer unique opportunities to enhance curriculum through community engagement for other health based professions such as dietetics, nursing, op-tometry and podiatry etc.

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Medical Programme

Well Connected works with Plymouth University’s Peninsula School of Medicine to run a social engagement pathway, where students spend four days working with a local community organisation to develop a health-related activity.

Recent projects have included:

  • Designing a health corner in a homeless hostel to encourage residents to take a greater interest in their health
  • Developing guidance for GPs through gathering case studies about how Age UK Plymouth can help their patients
  • Working with adults with learning difficulties to design a poster to educate their peers when to seek medical advice for abnormally coloured urine.

Through these experiences students gain important skills and understanding, learning about local services, how to design and implement projects and how to communicate with different groups and individuals.