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WHIRL Study: Workplace Health Interprofessional Learning in the Construction Industry

Blake, Holly; Somerset, Sarah; Whittingham, Katharine; Middleton, Matthew; Yildirim, Mehmet; Evans, Catrin


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Professor of Behavioural Medicine

Matthew Middleton

Mehmet Yildirim

Professor of Evidence Based Healthcare


© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Interprofessional learning (IPL) is essential to prepare healthcare trainees as the future public health workforce. WHIRL (Workplace Health InteRprofessional Learning) was an innovative IPL intervention that engaged volunteer healthcare trainees (n = 20) in 2multi-professional teams to deliver health checks (n = 464), including tailored advice and signposting, to employees in the UK construction industry (across 21 events, 16 sites, 10 organisations) as part of an ongoing research programme called Test@Work. Volunteers undertook a four-part training and support package of trainer-led education, observations of practice, self-directed learning and clinical supervision, together with peer mentoring. In a one-group post-test only design, IPL outcomes were measured using the Inventory of Reflective Vignette-Interprofessional Learning (IRV-IPL), and the psychometric properties of the IRV-IPL tool were tested. WHIRL demonstrably improved healthcare trainees’ interprofessional skills in all five areas of collaboration, coordination, cooperation, communication, and commendation. The IRV-IPL tool was found to be a valid and reliable measure of interprofessional competencies across three scenarios; before and after health promotion activities, and as a predictor of future health promotion competence. This industry-based workplace IPL programme resulted in the attainment of health check competencies and bridged the gap between research, education and clinical practice.


Blake, H., Somerset, S., Whittingham, K., Middleton, M., Yildirim, M., & Evans, C. (2020). WHIRL Study: Workplace Health Interprofessional Learning in the Construction Industry. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(18), Article 6815.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 17, 2020
Online Publication Date Sep 18, 2020
Publication Date Sep 2, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 18, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 18, 2020
Journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Print ISSN 1661-7827
Electronic ISSN 1660-4601
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 18
Article Number 6815
Keywords workplace; health promotion; interprofessional learning; interprofessional education; construction; public health; health checks
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