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An evaluation of a new practice-based small group learning (PBSGL) initiative in Wales

Bartlett, S. ORCID:, Bullock, A. D. ORCID: and Hodgson, K. 2021. An evaluation of a new practice-based small group learning (PBSGL) initiative in Wales. Education for Primary Care 32 (3) , pp. 172-176. 10.1080/14739879.2020.1813054

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In 2018, a new practice-based small group learning (PBSGL) pilot initiative was launched in Wales to promote interprofessional learning among different primary care professionals. The aim of this study was to evaluate the initiative in order to identify its strengths and areas for improvement. Data were collected through focus groups with PBSGL groups in Wales and analysed thematically. Participants generally held positive views of PBSGL and were impressed with the variety and overall relevance of the learning materials, although concern was raised about the relevance of all learning materials to the Welsh context. The interprofessional component was valued for reducing feelings of isolation and all participants were able to contribute to discussions, an outcome helped by existing relationships among group members. Many participants reflected on occasions where they had made changes to their practice as a result of PBSGL activity. Time and funding were cited as potential barriers to continuing participation in PBSGL and there is scope to tailor material more to the context of the healthcare system in Wales. KEYWORDS: Interprofessional education, peer learning, small group learning, continuous professional development (CPD), primary care

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation in Medical and Dental Education (CUREMeDE)
Publisher: Radcliffe Medical Press
ISSN: 1473-9879
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 September 2020
Date of Acceptance: 18 August 2020
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 08:36

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