In the latter part of 2002 the Centre for Interprofessional Practice began to develop a pre-registration Interprofessional Learning Programme (IPL). In response to the national aim of creating a seamless service for the patient, the Centre wanted to embed opportunities for IPL throughout the students' training from the very beginning.
In Autumn 2004 this programme was extended to involve all Health Schools in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The overall aim of the pre-registration IPL programme is to encourage students from different health professions to work together to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour that facilitate effective interprofessional team-working.
There are five learning objectives which run throughout all levels of the pre-registration IPL programme. The objectives are for students to:
- Identify key principles that facilitate effective interprofessional team-working
- Understand why improvements in interprofessional practice (IPP) are important to patient care
- Describe their own role as a health professional within a multi-professional team
- Learn about the role of other healthcare professions and how they would collaborate to provide the best patient care
- Begin to understand the benefits of and constraints on interprofessional teamworking.
The focus of these objectives changes at each level, as the students gain more hands-on experience in practice and experience more contact with patients.