SPOKE: Projects

The hub will deliver one or two collaborative, cross-sector projects each year to assist providers in their design of new or adapted qualifications to meet the GOC's proposed new outcomes and standards.

Project Two - Teaching and learning; scaffolding and content

We are now working on Project Two, which will focus on best practice approaches to teaching and learning for student optometrists and dispensing opticians. This will include case studies and examples of good practice from individuals and course teams from across the UK and internationally. SPOKE would particularly welcome examples that address the newer aspects of optical education expressed in the GOC outcomes 4-7, and methods to develop clinical competence through Miller’s pyramid.

We have received a number of case studies, which are currently under review, however, we will be adding to these over the coming months so would welcome additional contributions. 

If you would like to share, or recommend someone who might share, a case study or example of good practice in these areas, please download the case study submission form and then email this back to spokehub@college-optometrists.org.

Each year first year students from across the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health are invited to a workshop where they follow the journey of a patient who is pregnant. Students are grouped to ensure a mix of healthcare disciplines. A key learning outcome for the activity is to understand the role of each profession in the journey. Students are guided through a series of discussions where they map these roles and responsibilities. They are encouraged to consider the expertise of each profession and effective means of communication between them. The session ends with some examples of the harm that can occur if the team of professionals looking after a patient is not communicating well and a discussion around the benefits of inter professional working. This case study relates to GOC Outcome O6.2 Works collaboratively within healthcare teams, exercising skills and behaviours of clinical leadership and effective team-working and management in line with their role and scope of practice.

Details of the impact this activity had and evidence of improved engagement, achievement or efficiency:

The workshop can be delivered either face to face or online using zoom. The workshop was transferred online during the COVID pandemic and this runs more smoothly than face to face delivery. Nearpod is used to generate interdisciplinary discussions using collaboration boards and break out rooms. 

The workshop evaluations are positive and a pre- and post-workshop evaluation demonstrates increases in understanding of working collaboratively across health professional groups. Further, open text comments indicate that learners developed their understanding of the range of disciplines involved and importance of team working. Some examples include:

  • I was able to see which roles everyone has and how essential it is for all healthcare professionals to communicate.
  • Understanding other roles of health workers and their interactions.
  • Learn about other disciplines, what they bring to the healthcare profession, and how to work together.

Project One - Indicative Guidance

The new Indicative Guidance is designed to support qualification providers with the roll-out of the GOC's new education and training requirements. It provides more detail on the content that is expected to be in the new pre-registration qualifications, and gives examples of the types of assessment that could be used for the new GOC outcomes.

The guidance has now been published.