Multi-professional Practice Conference
24 May 2012
The Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences recently held its first Multi-professional Practice Conference which saw over 300 Level 5 and 6 Nursing, Social Work and Midwifery students attend.
The focus of the conference was safeguarding, a topic which is of relevance to all health and social care professionals. The day consisted of exploring how agencies need to work together through multi-professional practice to ensure that vulnerable adults and young people are protected.
The conference programme included a keynote lecture (presented by Dave Roberts – Adult Safeguarding Lead for the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust) on multi-professional issues in safeguarding. A panel discussion gave students an opportunity to hear about the real life experiences of care leavers and foster carers. Finally, students engaged with other professional groups through scenario based workshops that focussed on information sharing, a crucial issue in safeguarding.
With health and social care services increasingly being offered outside the public sector it was important that students were exposed to a range of non-traditional private and voluntary sector employers. To facilitate this, the Faculty collaborated with the World of Work Careers Centre to organise it and a number of high profile organisations attended an employer marketplace which included One to One Midwives, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service, BUPA and the RAF.
The employer market place was popular with the students as it gave them a chance to discuss employment options. One Midwifery student commented that they "felt better informed about organisations and how they function". The employers were equally impressed with attendance and the interest that the students showed.
Lorraine Bosonnet of Macmillan Cancer Information Centre said:
"Both myself and my colleague enjoyed the day and were surprised by the positive turn out. We estimate we had up to 80 people visit the stand to enquire about Macmillan Support and nearly all of the merchandise/leaflets we brought with us were taken away. Hopefully we have managed to spark some interest in pursuing Macmillan as an avenue to future employment."
Andy Manktelow from the RAF added:
"The event was well organised and well attended. The quality of potential candidates was high and I hope to return to attend future events."
Evaluation from the event has been very positive and the Faculty look forward to holding similar events in the future to enhance the student experience.
For further information about organising employer events or other curriculum support please contact the Brokerage Team on 231 8099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org