Allied Health Partnership

The Allied Health Partnership is an innovative collaboration between staff and pupils in Corpus Christi Primary School, the School of Allied Health, UL and some local HSE service providers. This led to the development of the Health Alliances for Practice-based Professional Education and Engagement (HAPPEE) Initiative.

Allied Health Partnership

What do we do?

CCPS is recognised as a DEIS Band 1 School, as the school benefits from additional supports for its pupils. The fundamental aim of HAPPEE is to improve outcomes for children and families. This aim is addressed by providing collaborative, evidence-based and best practice therapy supports to the pupils and school offering sustained support to a community that experiences disadvantage. Community engagement, to enhance opportunities for all who live in local communities in the city and region, is a key goal of the UL@50 Strategic Plan (2019 - 2024).

How We Do It

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified Inter-professional Education (IPE), as an innovative strategy to address current complex challenges in healthcare. IPE occurs when students from two or more professions learn from, with, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and to improve health outcomes (World Health Organisation, 2010).

UL is leading Irish Higher Education Institutions in implementing practice-based IPE, where students work and learn together at the same site. Through sustainable practice-based IPE, UL allied health students work collaboratively with CCPS pupils, their parents and school staff to deliver agreed interventions using a multi-tiered model of therapy support as recommended by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). Early phase research findings indicate enhanced participation, increased confidence and improved functional skills for school pupils through HAPPEE. Further reported benefits include inter-professional learning for UL students and increased knowledge and confidence for parents and teachers.