Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP®)

Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP®) is a new education programme in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which enhances both the quality of the learning environment and increases the placement capacity for students.

CLiP® is an initiative that originated in Amsterdam and was brought to the UK by Charlene Lobo, Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, who trialled it within Norfolk and Great Yarmouth NHS.

Coaching not Mentoring
The traditional method of mentoring students is widely known to have its problems because of service demands. Some Mentors can find it difficult to balance their workload equally to enable time to teach learners, which can be stressful for both student and Mentor. A small percentage of students who leave the programme is attributed to their perceived lack of support.

The CLiP® process entails allocating between 14 & 22 students to a practice environment, utilising the coaching method as opposed to the traditional 1:1 mentoring technique.  The learners are then divided into smaller groups of 1 - 3 students, from all year groups, who are supervised by a coach, to deliver holistic care to their patients. This includes essential skills, documentation, ward rounds and hand-overs to the next shift.  In this environment, the students may also have the opportunity to follow their patient’s journey, by visiting specialist bays, going to theatre with their patients and partaking in specialised treatments, thus increasing their knowledge and experience.

An overarching Mentor oversees the coach, providing support, and maintains responsibly for the student’s practice assessment documentation.

Collaborative learning in practice at Lancs Teaching Hospitals

Recent Success
The pilot commenced in May 2016; and the CLiP® process has now been established in 6 areas across both sites of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

To read more about the success of CLiP, please click here.