Patricia McClunie-Trust is a lecturer in the Master of Nursing and postgraduate programmes and a researcher in the Centre for Health and Social Practice. Patricia has recently returned from Canada, where she attended the Canadian Health Workforce Conference (CHWC) in Ottawa and IIQM Qualitative Health Research Conference in British Columbia.
The key message from the CHWC was that current health professional scopes of practice are not aligned to population health needs. Instead they are shaped along traditional political lines reflecting the policy legacies of professions in past times, and we cannot do more of the same into the future. Population health will be the key focus for health workers of the future, where groups of practitioners collaborate to achieve team output measures with clients and communities. Interprofessional care teams, with team based advanced practice competencies, and where necessary, individual credentialing of practitioners, will enable more flexible, inclusive and comprehensive health care delivery. Education and training that is fit for purpose, enabling the right practitioner to be in the right place at the right time, with the right knowledge and skills is essential to underpin this future vision.
Patricia presented her 2016 research on ‘Professional lives ‘lost’ to the health workforce through misconduct: A case analysis’ as a poster at the CHWC and an oral presentation at the IIQM Qualitative Health Research Conference. This interprofessional study examined 33 Health Practitioner Disciplinary Tribunal cases to explore factors contributing to professional misconduct. She also presented a workshop session on professional boundaries and relationships for Public Health Nurses at the Healthy Families Health Service Halton Region, Ontario.