The best health outcomes for the many and increasing number of people with complex or chronic healthcare needs often depends on effective teamwork and collaboration between various healthcare professionals with different skills and knowledge.
The HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) aims to develop this important capability prior to graduation in a way that is transformative, authentic, and fun. The HFTC is an extracurricular competition for students from the health professions. It provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise in teamwork and collaboration as they develop a management plan for a client with complex health needs.
There is a four week preparation period, during which students have been asked to produce an presentation outlining their management plan. Teams then meet at the end of this period for the HealthFusion Team Challenge, where they present their case and answer a range of team-based questions designed to test their overall collaboration and communication skills. The judging panel decides which team has displayed the greatest mastery of teamwork on the day, and they are named HFTC Champions. Pioneered by academics from the University of British Columbia over 25 years ago, the Health Care Team Challenge was brought to Australia and developed by an interprofessional team of Queensland academics under the name of HealthFusion.
The University of Limerick launched the first Irish HealthFusion Team Challenge in 2017, and it has gone from strength to strength since, now including competitors from across the country. This year a Belgian team will also compete for the title of HealthFusion champions. Many thanks to event sponsors ICON plc.