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New award recognises health professionals collaborating together

WCPT, as part of the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), is launching a new award to recognise outstanding achievement in interprofessional collaborative practice.

The alliance, consisting of the world bodies for dentists, nurses, pharmacists and physicians as well as physical therapists, is calling for nominations of outstanding interprofessional teams that have improved patients’ health and promoted a creative approach to healthcare.

“The WHPA is itself a fine exemplar of the benefits of collaboration between professionals, and collaborative practice is a subject very close to the heart of WCPT” said Brenda Myers, WCPT Secretary General. “We know that health professionals working effectively together around the world bring improved health services, and it is totally appropriate that together we should recognise best practice in this vital field.”

In May 2013, the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) launched its statement on interprofessional collaborative practice, affirming that it would “promote interprofessional collaborative practice through advocacy, by example and by promoting educational, legislative and health systems changes”.

The new award will be granted each year. The deadline for submitting nominations for this year’s award is 1st March and winners will be announced in May 2015.

Nominations have to be endorsed by at least one national professional association associated to the WHPA (in the case of physical therapy, a WCPT member organisation). The nomination form can be found at http://www.wcpt.org/collaborations-activities under World Health Professions Alliance.

Nominated teams should include at least three different health professions – at least two of which should be dentists, medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists or physical therapists.

Teams working in all healthcare settings – private, public, community, hospital-based – are eligible.

“The judges will be looking for innovative approaches and positive clinical, economic and humanistic outcomes,” said Brenda Myers. “Value for patients should be supported by evidence if possible, ideally published in a peer-reviewed journal. The sustainability of the initiative will also be taken into account.”

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