Interprofessional learning in practice

Simpson, Trevor (2009) Interprofessional learning in practice. British Journal of Healthcare Management, 15 (5). pp. 223-228. ISSN 1358-0574

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This paper addresses the strategic developments required, in the modern day NHS, in order for Interprofessional learning (IPL) to become an inherent part of an organisation’s learning strategy.

The drivers for change are discussed including contemporary health policy in relation to the emerging modern NHS, since the NHS Plan in 2000.

The evidence base including the essentials required to implement interprofessional learning in clinical practice is discussed and how the current political climate must be manipulated in order to get IPL onto the central agenda of the government and NHS Trusts.

There is recognition of significant reform to health and social care policy and the development of an evidence base to suggest inter professional learning and working enhances the patient journey.

The author argues that the requirement now is a two tier approach to cultural change by pushing the need for interprofessional learning into the central arena of policy reform to place the emphasis onto NHS Trusts.

Interprofessional learning is alive and well, however the jury now needs to deliver a verdict about its place in NHS and HEI learning plans for the future. Collaboration is the key, but this must be driven by central policy and financed reform by central government.

Keywords:interprofessional learning, interprofessional working, NHS and Higher Education
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:10 Sep 2010 10:23

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