Interprofessional training ward
In autumn 2019, the first interprofessional clinical training ward in Switzerland will start at the University Hospital Zurich. There, trainees and students from different health professions and educational levels will work in interprofessional teams to care for patients under the supervision of experienced specialists.
Six institutions from the Canton of Zurich have jointly examined the framework conditions for the introduction of an “Interprofessional clinical training ward Zurich” (ZIPAS) based on the Scandinavian model. The participants were the Careum Educational Centre the Careum Foundation, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zurich, the University Hospital Zurich, the Zentrum für Ausbildung im Gesundheitswesen (Centre for Training in Healthcare) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Department of Health).The idea behind it: Trainees and students from different health professions and educational levels work together in interprofessional teams to care for patients under the supervision of experienced specialists – so-called facilitators.
With this cooperation project, the university, the university hospital, the university of applied sciences and the higher vocational college are taking a new direction in education in the healthcare sector. ZIPAS is an important milestone in Switzerland to train interprofessional competences of trainees and students in practice and to generate an increased awareness for cooperation in the clinical sector. The big advantage: trainees and students already learn from, with and about each other during their education. This prepares them for the subsequent interprofessional collaboration of healthcare professionals. This is important because cooperation and networking are becoming increasingly important in an increasingly complex healthcare environment with scarce resources. The collaboration is the key to optimal patient care.
Successful pilot projects at the University Hospital Zurich
After a one-year feasibility and planning phase, the first pilot projects were carried out in autumn 2018 at the Clinic for Neurology at the University Hospital Zurich. There were two ZIPAS test runs with six to eight students and trainees each during four weeks. Students from the fields of nursing, medicine, physiotherapy and occupational therapy as well as health professionals undergoing training took part. They were supervised by experienced nurses, senior physicians and therapists.
Rolling out the concept throughout Switzerland
The two pilot projects were successful for all participants. The University Hospital Zurich has therefore decided to install one ZIPAS training ward each in the Clinic and Polyclinic for Internal Medicine and in the Clinic for Traumatology by autumn 2019. In addition, the aim is to roll out the project throughout Switzerland. The ZIPAS concept is to be extended to other medical specialties, hospitals or occupational groups. Initial discussions have already taken place with interested hospitals. In concrete terms, Balgrist Orthopaedic University Hospital is planning two pilot phases in May and November 2019.
Over the next few years, a further scientific evaluation will be conducted to determine the extent to which ZIPAS has positive effects on trainees and students, on patients, and also on quality assurance economic and clinical parameters.
Ulrich, G., Aeberhard, R., Feusi, E., Kaap-Fröhlich, S., Panfil E.-M. & Witt, C. (2019). Entwicklung einer interprofessionellen Ausbildungsstation am UniversitätsSpital Zürich. In M. Ewers, E. Paradis & D. Herinek (Hrsg.), Interprofessionelles Lernen, Lehren und Arbeiten (1. Aufl., S. 201-218). Weinheim Basel: Beltz Juventa. Verlag
Contact for project information
Gert Ulrich, Dr. phil., M.A.
Head of the project “Interprofessional clinical training ward Zurich”
Careum Education Development
+41 43 222 64 26
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University Hospital Zurich
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