Educational objectives

Simulation ward, at ASSERT, UCC, Cork, Ireland.

This project reinforces the contribution of higher education to the process of education, research and innovation in undergraduate medical education. We will design a module to provide pioneering solutions with explicit and well-defined learning outcomes for handover. Therefore, we will use simulation labs and role-based learning to promote learning and problem solving for handover practices. The simulation will amplify real experiences with guided experiences, immersive in nature, that evoke or replicate substantial aspects of the real world in a fully interactive fashion. It is a way of skill development, transfer, and maintenance that can support the learner on the path from novice to expert, from the classroom to the workplace in a safe and controlled manner.

Primary objective:

The primary objective of the PATIENT project is the implementation the handover study module for undergraduate medical students on a European scale. Until now there is not one specific handover study module available in Europe and the handover issues are very badly addressed in related patient safety courses.

The target study module will take advantage of innovation teaching and learning methods to improve handover procedures. Therefore, the module will combine formal, informal, problem and role-based learning scenarios in simulation settings. It will take advantage of the HANDOVER Toolbox, the CLAS mobile application, and others apps as a common denominator to standardise the handover training.

Sub-objectives for the handover study module are:

  • To enable students to conduct analysis of a real-world handover problems in simulated learning scenarios using a role-based learning approach – this integrative approach will help students to engage in perspective taking, perceive connections between different medical subdomains (e.g., pre-hospital emergency medicine, clinical emergency medicine, intensive care etc.).
  • To promote an international research community by taking advantage of the HANDOVER Toolbox as an integral part of the single handover study modules in Europe that will develop to a sustainable community. This European learning approach stimulates innovation through enforcement of the links between medical schools in different partners countries.To link education, research and innovation, through testing different handover procedures in the medical simulation centres, the medical students can participate and contribute empirical evidence for accurate handovers. They can participate in Special Interest Groups consistent of different medical researchers in Europe in the Toolbox and contribute their own findings. This will lead to an exponential growth of the research findings around the challenging handover topic.
  • Standardisation of handover processes and training in Europe. Through the implementation of a general study module with agreed learning outcomes and a shared use of the CLAS handover mobile application a semi-standardisation of the handover process in Europe can be achieved. The overall goal is to define learning outcomes and quality criteria which are transnationally applicable and that directly contribute to the standardisation of handover procedures in Europe and lead to better patient safety.

Secondary objectives:

  • Translation of educational contents into Spanish, German and English language.
  • The project outcomes will be disseminated to other health and care domains. The involvement of the SME partner during the development of the handover study module ensures the transfer of best practise experiences to allied healthcare professions e.g nursing and related health domains like retirement homes that also require accurate handover practises.