• Inter-professional Learning Symposia

    Within the School of Health and Education we believe that gaining an understanding of other professionals' roles and skills in a shared learning context can benefit interprofessional team working in practice. We have students studying health, nursing, social work, midwifery, teacher training, allied health care, and integrative medicine courses and seek through our weekly Interprofessional Learning Symposia programme to provide a rich and deeper understanding of what different professionals have to offer within their respective sectors.

    This programme of afternoon sessions presents a range of key topics representative of the health, social and educational subjects being taught, with invited experts both from within and outside of the university.

    The full programme is outlined below – with a 100 places available for each session.  To ensure a place/seat please book via Eventbrite

    This dynamic series is now in its 4th year.  It offers students and staff from across the disciplines studying within our school; and external partners from practice (e.g. clinicians, social care staff, educators etc) an inter professional learning opportunity.  Each session runs for 1.5hr at the end of the formal teaching day (sessions start at 4pm) and participants come together to discuss, debate, update personal learning  lead by a key subject expert, on a range of relevant, often challenging themes. Post the event learning materials and slides from each of the sessions are posted within the dedicated IPL section within MyLearning/my courses.

    Sessions are advertised on Eventbrite (see link…) and advanced booking is one month from the date of the event.    Nursing and Midwifery students attending sessions will be able to log their participation as part of the mandatory IPL learning – please see your Programme Lead for details

    These sessions are:

    • Open to all students and staff, running between October and June
    • Offered late afternoon, on a weekly basis rotating between Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 16:00 and 17:30, to allow students to complete daytime lectures
    • Recorded with pre and self-directed learning materials uploaded to Moodle
    • Subject to demand can popular topics be scheduled more than once
    • Available with certificates of attendance to assist with personal development portfolios linked with the online evaluation feedback sheets.

    Below you can see the full list of session for this academic year 2017/2018, however you can only book onto session up to December through Eventbrite.
    Please also note that there might be changes to this timetable.

    If you have any questions, please contact Alfonso Pezzella at

    A full list of the IPL session can be accessed here

    More sessions will be released during the year. 

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    Evaluation Link, Certificates and Mandatory Cards

    Nursing and Midwifery students are reminded that mandatory training cards will not be signed at the end of each session. A certificate of attendance is required, which can be obtained by signing the register and having your ticket scanned, and completing the online evaluation after the session. You can then ask your PPD tutor or your programme leader to sign you mandatory card by showing them the certificates. 

    If you wish to obtain a Certificate of Attendance you must complete an online evaluation for each session you attended. 

    The certificates of attendance are automatically produced by an online system and are sent to the email address you have specified below. The system is crossed-checked with the scanned tickets. 

    You will only receive a certificate of attendance if:

    1) Your ticket has been scanned; and

    2) The details you provide in this form are correct. 

    You must use your mdx student email, write your full name and surname (as you wish them to appear on the certificate). A minimal mistake can result in the system failing to generate and send out the certificate (for example, providing an incomplete email address). Also, if you make a spelling mistake in your name, it will not be possible to correct them. 

    If you do not receive a certificate, we can only assume that you did not have your tickets scanned and/or you did not complete an online evaluation and/or you entered incorrect information and the system was unable to match your records. The system could also fail if you provide a personal email rather than your university email account. 

    It is your responsibility to ensure that correct information is provided. The certificate of attendance will not be issued after the first round. All certificates will be emailed towards the beginning of July. 

    Follow this link to the online evaluation .  

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      Working interprofessionally: a real-life view

      Aim of this session:  For students to gain an insight from qualified practitioners as to what constitutes good inter-professional practice, what the pitfalls maybe and how to avoid them.     

      Format:  An inter-professional panel including a paediatrician, health visitor, social worker, lead nurse in safeguarding and SENCO/teacher.  The panel will be asked to talk for 5 minutes each on why in their view inter-professional working consistently features as an area of weakness in research and Serious Case Reviews.    Students will then be invited to ask questions of the panel in relation to the points they have raised.   Towards the end of the session the panel will then be asked to offer a 5 minute summary each of how they feel good inter-professional practice can be promoted in the future.  

      Students will be asked to complete pre and post session work to accompany this session

      Facilitator:  Mary Clark, Senior Lecturer BSC Nursing (child field).


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      Mental Health Assessment – how to take a history and when to refer on

      Aim of this session: For students to gain an insight into assessing mental health, understanding symptoms and when they should seek specialist support …. 

      Audience: This event is open to all Middlesex University pre-registration nurses (adult, mental, health child) midwives, trainee teachers and early years practitioners. We are hoping also to film the sessions so that they can be made available on the student website.        

      Format: An interactive session with mental health professionals, using video, images and discussion. 
      Students will then be invited to ask questions of the panel in relation to the points they have raised. Towards the end of the session the panel will then be asked to offer a 5 minute summary each of how they feel good inter-professional practice can be promoted in the future.  

      Students will be asked to complete pre and post session work to accompany this session

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      Working with resistive behaviours

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      Health Promotion and Wellbeing

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      Drug and Alcohol Awareness – general knowledge/fact sharing

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      Drug and Alcohol Assessment: how to take a history and when to refer on

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      Aim of this session:  
      To present the contemporaneous demographic profile of the UK and facilitate  discussion of its significance for health and social care practice (including diversity and equality) in relation to people with dementia and their families.


      • Appraise the demographic profile of the population and its significance to dementia and dementia care
      • Consider four different ways of understanding and explaining dementia and its effects, and their implications for the care of people with dementia
      • Provide an introduction to the Person-centred approach and explore its merits alongside its challenges as an approach in current practice settings

      Mohammad Saib, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing 

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      Understanding the Past, Present and Future: An Introduction to the Political Economy of UK Healthcare

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      Child Protection and Safeguarding Children


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      Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Female Circumcision (FC), or Female Genital Cutting (FGC), is practice that results in many health-related and life threatening complications. It also has physical and psychological effects that do great harm to the wellbeing of women and children who have had it performed . This session is designed to raise awareness to  help healthcare staff coming into contact with FGM during the course of their work to, and to promote good safeguarding practice, whilst being culturally aware.

      Session aims

      The aim of this session is to raise awareness of female genital mutilation and violence against women and girls in the UK and to increase the understanding of FGM in the UK . Content of the session will explore, but is not limited to, the following:

      • What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
      • Health Complications of FGM
      • Who is at risk?
      • FGM and the Law
      • Prevalence
      • Risk factors
      • Consequence
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      Children's Mental Health

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      Looking after yourself – mindfulness and resilience

      The aim of the session is to provide students with an overview of mindfulness and how it can be used to build resilience against life stressors. It will explore some of the literature in relation to mindfulness but also allow students to experience practicing meditation first hand.

      The session is open to all students and staff who have an interest in mindfulness, are simply curious to know what it involves, or how they can build their own resilience to help them survive Uni life. 

      The session will take the form of an experiential workshop in which participants will get the opportunity to practice a number of mindful meditation alongside understanding some of underlying theory of what mindfulness actually is. 

      Have a look at this NHS Choices website which talks about Mindfulness and offers tips on how to look after yourself and improve your mental wellbeing:

      Please only look at these resources AFTER you attend the session. These are free audio downloads of guided meditations used in Mindfulness practice.


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      Domestic Abuse

      Aim of this session: Update future & current health or social care professionals concerning a public health issue that effects 31% of women & 18% of men in their lives and is the cause of 2 female deaths a week: Domestic Abuse/Domestic Violence (DA)

      Audience: any students in Health & Education or associated schools including Criminology, Social Policy as well as Drama, Media journalism or Psychology.

      Format: Short Update on definitions of Domestic Abuse, including impacts on economy & NHS/ Identification of those at risk & referral pathways. Some group exploration of the roles of different professionals in support & safeguarding for clients / patients at risk or DA prevention. To conclude there will be a multi-professional panel to field specific questions. This will include a primary care nurse, public health midwife, a special Detective Sergeant from the Met Police Service, and a manager of a Domestic Violence Support organisation. There will be follow-up subsequently if anyone needs personal support concerning any matters raised.

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      LGBTQI and Mental Health - An introduction

      18th January 2017

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      Translation as a barrier in healthcare

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        Deaf Awareness

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        Therapaws - Therapeutic use of animals

        Aim of this session:

        The aim of the session is for students to gain an insight into the therapeutic use and benefits of animals within different fields of work and across different service user populations.

        Format: An interactive lecture providing information regarding the history of the therapeutic use of animals, the benefits and potential outcomes from their incorporation into service delivery, the different formats that therapy can take, the different services which utilise these potentials and the different types of animals that can be engaged with to gain the required outcomes.

        We will be reviewing the use of animals in varied settings and roles including education, health (paediatric, adult, mental health), social work, prison / detention services and general well-being for all.

        The session will also have therapy dogs in attendance for learners to engage with and ask questions to their volunteer handlers.

        Students will be asked to complete pre and post sessional work which accompanies the session.

        21st February 2017

        •  Flyer File 106.5KB Word 2007 document
        •  Slides File 6.4MB Powerpoint 2007 presentation
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        Modern Day Slavery

        15th February 2017

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        Learning Disability

        15th March 2017

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        Maternal Mental Health

        1st March 2017

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        Co-production: the role of service users

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        Culturally Competent and Compassionate Care

        •Articulate the need for the focus on intercultural communication;
        •Discuss the theoretical underpinnings of intercultural communication, and the meaning of intercultural communication from different viewpoints;
        •Reflect on your own practice in relation to the ability to display intercultural communication;
        •Reflect on when it might be desirable to communicate competently at an intercultural level;
        •Identify strategies to nurture confidence in your own practice when communicating with people from different cultures.
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        Irena Papadopoulos, Alfonso Pezzella & Laura Foley
        2nd November 2016
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        Introduction to Eating Disorders

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          Digital Professionalism in Health and Social Care

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          Cultural Competent Leadership

          27th June 2017

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          Leading people

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          Communication 3: Managing difficult conversations with service users (including breaking bad news)