Published on September 16th, 2016 | from CAMH Education
5Qs with A Simulation Team Research Analyst
Continuing our series on Simulation at CAMH, we asked research analyst Alyssa Kelly 5Qs about the project.
Who are you and what is your position at CAMH?
My name is Alyssa Kelly and I am a research analyst working with both the Evaluation and Simulation teams in CAMH Education.
What project are you currently involved with?
I recently conducted an evaluation of the SWAMPI (Simulation Workshops at the Mental-Physical Interface) courses that the Simulation team held this past June. SWAMPI is an interprofessional course developed by Maudsley Simulation in the U.K. that trains health professionals on how to manage patients with both physical and mental health concerns. This is the first time SWAMPI has been offered in Canada.
What is the goal of this project?
The goal of the course evaluation was to see if SWAMPI was valuable and relevant for health care providers working in a Canadian context. The evaluation consisted of three surveys (one prior to the course, one right after the course, and an online follow-up survey two weeks later) as well as a structured debriefing conversation and focus group with select participants.
The evaluation results found that SWAMPI was well received: participants found the simulations to be relevant to their work and they enjoyed the opportunity to practice building skills as part of an interprofessional team. Participants are eager for future courses to occur, and next steps will include altering the course content to make it more applicable to a Canadian health context.
Who is this project geared toward?
This course is geared toward health care providers from various disciplines who interact with patients with co-existing physical and mental health issues.
Where can someone get more information about your project?
For more information about the SWAMPI evaluation have a click on these CAMH Education and International Mental Health Simulation Collaboration posts:
- Part 1: “It all started with a little note”: An International Collaboration to Offer Simulation Education at the Mental-Physical Interface
- Part 2: It Takes a Team of People–Both Real and Simulated
- Part 3: Realizing the Potential of Diversity in Interprofessional Health Care Teams: Simulation Education as an Opportunity for Shared Learning