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Chiang Mai University

In May 2011, the School of Nursing and Midwifery (now the School of Health Sciences) played host to visiting academics from Chang Mai University, Thailand.

During their time at UEA, Dr Punpilai Sriaporn and Dr Areewan Klunklin had the opportunity to visit the Centre for Interprofessional Practice and discover first-hand how Interprofessional Learning (IPL) is delivered to healthcare students at UEA.

The CIPP Team first gave the visitors a presentation detailing the principles of effective IPL and how this has been developed for students across the health and social care professions at the university. Following this, Dr Sriaporn and Dr Klunklin had the opportunity to observe an IPL1 session in which students in multiprofessional groups were discussing patient care in a given case scenario.

A few days later, the visitors were able to attend a half-day IPL4 workshop on Domestic Abuse. These voluntary workshops give fourth or final-year students the opportunity to meet service users, survivors and practicing health professionals and to hear their real-life experiences. The students then spend time in small multiprofessional groups, discussing what they have heard and studying case scenarios on the subject.

The CIPP Team are always happy to welcome visitors from the United Kingdom and overseas, and to share with them our enthusiasm and eagerness to provide the best possible interprofessional experience for health and social care students – always with the aim of promoting interprofessional co-operation and collaboration, and thus improving patient care.