Centre of Interprofessional Collaboration within Emergency care (CICE)

CICE is a Swedish knowledge centre at Linnaeus University, Campus Växjö, operating through an operative group, steering group and scientific council, whose members are regionally, nationally and/or internationally recognized and established.

The centre’s intention is, as a national model, to create arenas in consensus and collaboration within and between so-called blue-light professions, also including wards along the in-hospital emergency care chain, with an overall purpose of keeping people at the heart of utility, sustainability and security. Consensus means a willingness to create a common platform for effective collaboration between professions with similar assignments, responsibilities and functions to assist and provide people in need of emergency care with common resources.

A tangible purpose is to save and secure human life through interprofessional collaboration in the immediate environment of both rural and sparsely populated areas. The environment where people work and live need to be sustainable and safe, where assistance and support from interprofessional collaboration make the countryside and its people less vulnerable.

The goal is that interprofessional collaboration results in continuous and meaningful service so that people in their immediate environment receive fast and safe emergency care. Emergency care involves life-saving measures including an existential responsibility conducted by professions with the task of being first in place and having priority to intervene with a human and professional approach.

Ongoing CICE activities concern collaborating in society challenges focusing on practice, education, QA and knowledge development (research) like; crisis situations such as for example forest fires; mental health and suicide prevention; early presence in acute illness/injury; mobile care and care in the immediate environment; uniform assessment regardless of where people seek care; and valid and reliable assessment tools, improved healthcare environment at emergency reception; and violence and threats in close relationships. Overall, there are about 15 ongoing projects involving 12 PhD students divided into different professions.