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Interprofessional Education

Interprofessional Education

This module focuses on interprofessional education (IPE) in the clinical context.

We begin by considering the policy and service background and context to IPE, then move on to thinking about the role of the teacher and how you might go about introducing IPE activities into the clinical learning environment. This module links closely with the modules Facilitating Learning in the Workplace and Small Group Teaching.

By the end of the module you should have clarified your understanding of the principles of IPE, the stated outcomes in terms of improving teamwork and ultimately patient care, and raised your awareness of opportunities for implementing IPE in your own clinical teaching context. You will be aware of some of the advantages of developing and implementing interprofessional learning as well as some of the challenges and constraints. You will also have an opportunity to apply the learning from the module to your own practice through carrying out activities and reflection.

Before You Start

Before you start the module we recommend that you spend a few minutes thinking about the following points and noting down some of your thoughts. If you are registered on the site, you can do this in the ‘reflections area’. Click on the ‘my area’ link at the top of the page to access your personal pages. Please note that you must be logged in to do this. Please also note that you will need to contribute to the ‘reflections area’ during the course of the module in order to complete and print out your certificate.

Thinking Points
  • What have been your experiences of interprofessional education (IPE) or shared learning as either teacher or learner?
  • Have you had any formal education or training in IPE, and if so, what are some of the key principles you remember?
  • What do you think are the main reasons for introducing IPE into clinical teaching and learning?
  • What aspects of your teaching or management practice are you hoping to improve?

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