'Collective Wisdom’: Are we making the most of interprofessional education

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Feb 11, 2014
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM


Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1

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Professor Liz Anderson

Department of Medical and Social Care Education

Lecture Summary

In the last decade there has been a sharp increase in the reporting of interprofessional practice mainly to address current pressures in health and social care delivery towards safe, efficient and effective care.  This has driven academics to study and engage in Interprofessional Education (IPE) which is seen as the pre-requisite for collaborative practice.  IPE, interactive learning between those from different health and social care professions, challenges the traditional uniprofessional orthodoxy of western biopsychosocial approaches to professional training.  Professor Anderson will reflect on the early strategic work to develop IPE in S. Trent which emerged against all the odds.  These early beginnings were rigorously tested and have contributed towards the theoretical advance of IPE and have generated a coherent, transferable and effective framework on which to build.  There is much to celebrate in the advances achieved between the three local universities and the commitment to IPE from a growing number of academics and practice teachers.  The talk will conclude with proposals that consider that this is the right time to reconsider what possibilities can be gained both from the collective wisdom of academics, who work together to design and implement IPE, and, from students engaged in interprofessional learning who can contribute to safe high quality practice.  Ultimately, IPE must now show its impact on the systems of education and practice and is likely to be propelled by students who are adding to the voice of patients/service users and carers who continue to lament that health and social care professionals “... just don’t talk to one another”.

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