Speech & language student presents at USA conference

A speech & language therapy student has presented her work at an international conference in the USA following an NHS award for team work, addressing dementia challenges.

Aimee McGoldrick, a third year undergraduate student of the BSc Honours Speech & Language Therapy, travelled to Pittsburgh, USA in June to participate in an international conference on inter-professional learning and education.

Scottish Health and Social Care Team Challenge

Aimee and her team were offered the opportunity to participate in the “All Together Better Health” conference after they won the inaugural Scottish Health and Social Care Team Challenge.

The competition was organised by NHS Education for Scotland (NES), with the aim of promoting inter-professional education (IPE) for students from health and social care disciplines.

Teams made up of students from other health and social care disciplines across Scotland were “virtually connected”. Aimee’s team were set the challenge of working on a scenario involving a person with dementia.

Pittsburgh conference 

Speaking of the conference in Pittsburgh, Jenny Miller, AHP Practice Education Programme Lead at NES said: “The students were involved in presenting a paper and a poster about the Scottish Health and Social Care team challenge and all contributed to both in a very professional, enthusiastic, refreshingly positive way.

“The students articulated their learning so eloquently and inspired their audiences. So many prestigious international leaders in IPE came approached me to say what a credit they were. The students also engaged with the whole conference, providing thoughtful and constructive contributions to many discussions and sessions.”

“Aimee presented a really positive picture of Scotland and the education she is undertaking. Strathclyde should be really proud to be producing such high calibre students.”

Aimee has been invited to engage in future projects around IPE and practice education and is appreciative of the funding received from the School of Psychological Sciences and Health:

“This fantastic opportunity allowed me to learn and experience inter-professional learning in a different country, as well as enabling me to meet new people from all over the world”.

Find out more about the Scottish Health and Social Care Team Challenge.