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Educational Development

Interprofessional Learning

What is Interprofessional learning?

The most commonly accepted definition of interprofessional learning (IPL) is provided by the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education, (CAIPE) (1997)

"as occasions when  two or more professionals  learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care"

The concept of IPL is not new and over the past ten years it has become an integral part of many pre- and post -registration health and social care professional programmes throughout the United Kingdom. The driver for this rapid growth in IPL activity is the requirement for health and social care graduates to be competent regarding interprofessional collaboration and team working in a variety of settings.

Interprofessional learning is also supported globally. The World Health Organisation (WHO) propose the purpose of this is to develop collaborative practice through which health workers from different professional backgrounds work together with patients, families, carers and communities to deliver the highest quality of care. This involves professionals engaging with any other person who could contribute to delivering desired health goals. The WHO proposes that this demands educational or learning approaches which enable the development of working together with a common purpose, commitment and mutual respect.

NHS Education is working in partnership with NHS Boards in the South East region to produce an IPL Train the Trainers Toolkit. This Toolkit contains resources  to support experienced staff who are required to deliver interprofessional learning in the workplace.