The WTK project promoted a sustainable cultural shift to IPC in a network of community agencies in Guelph that provide care for children (0-6 years) in a series of professional silos. The agencies approached PIPER to help the professionals move from "solo" practice to a flexible model of care responsive to the constraints of funding, wait lists and family needs. PIPER is the Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research at McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences. The partner agencies had demonstrated a willingness to rethink professional boundaries through the creation of a "one-stop shopping" phone number which families use to access service. To create a shift in cultural norms at the front line of practice required trust building, skills in negotiation, and an honest examination of issues relating to authority, status and control. The project used methodologies including train-the-trainer sessions to address emerging issues, facilitated discussion groups with PIPER faculty to take up cases from daily practice, active small scale experimentation, role plays and a reflective curriculum which critically examines issues of authority and interprofessional relationships.
"Definitely I think it was really important for the parents to see that collaboration between different people doing very different tasks with their child."