Half-day workshops to improve understanding of interprofessional health and social care issues Half-day workshops to improve understanding of interprofessional health and social care issues

Interprofessional Learning Level 4 (IPL4)


The purpose of IPL4 is to improve students' understanding of interprofessional health and social care issues relating to specific topics.

Topics covered so far have included: alcohol misuse, drug misuse, domestic abuse, and eating disorders.

Attendance at the workshops is on a voluntary, first-come/first-served basis. Final year students training in Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Operating Department Practice, and Social Work are invited to register.

IPL4 encourages three-way learning between students, service users and professionals, allowing all parties learn with, from and about each other with the aim of improving care in the future.

The professionals and service users invited to each workshop are able to share their experiences of healthcare from different perspectives: as members of health and social care teams, and as patients/service users.

Prior to attending the workshop, students are asked to reflect on either a personal or practice experience, or on research and articles relevant to the topic. They are asked to think about how the issues involved relate to interprofessional teamworking so that they can contribute meaningfully to the small group discussions.

At each workshop, short presentations are given by specialists in the topic and by service user groups if appropriate. Following these presentations the students work in small, mixed-professional groups, accompanied by service users and professionals whilst being supported by a facilitator. At the end of the workshop, students have the opportunity to address any questions they may have to a Q&A panel made up of professionals and service users.

During the workshops, students:

  • Listen to first-hand accounts of service users.
  • Discuss the health and social care skills required to treat the particular service user group.
  • Gain knowledge of available organisations to help service users, and the methods patients/service users can use to gain access to these organisations.
  • Take part in an informal question and answer session with service users and professionals.


All delegates are asked to complete a feedback form at the end of the workshop, which is reviewed and incorporated into the planning of future workshops.

In addition, students are asked to fill in the Attitudes to Health Professionals Questionnaire, which they may also have completed after previous levels of IPL at UEA.

Examples of feedback from previous workshops


  • "Extremely moving and informative - helps you understand to what extent people suffer with addiction. Makes it seem more personal and makes you feel empowered to be more empathetic."
  • "The experience will stay with me throughout my career."
  • "It helped me to have an insight that I have to create an environment which helps the [domestic abuse] victim to open up and make them feel they are safe."
  • "A more mature approach than the lower levels of IPL - which I think makes it more meaningful."
  • "Good format. Enjoyed listening to Healthcare Professionals and other speakers - enjoyed the personal experience and discussions."
  • "Thank you very much. I do genuinely feel that I have learnt a lot about a condition I thought was relatively self-explanatory."
  • "Very positive experience; will hugely affect my practice and my confidence when dealing with domestic violence."
  • "Good. The presentations were really informative and given by appropriate professionals. It was good to then talk in small groups. Having a survivor tell their story helped understanding."
  • "Very useful session; able to explore experiences from a survivor's point of view; valuable for personal practice."

Service Users

  • "Enjoyable to spread knowledge and education."
  • "There needs to be more vocal involvement from the alcoholic – possibly a question and answer session so that the students obtain a more in-depth insight to the life and problem of the alcoholic."
  • "Exposure to information is the key."
  • "The level of combined experience was great."


  • "Sound format allowed students to develop into the required group with self realisation of learning outcomes."
  • "Very interesting and felt safe - small groups made it possible for everyone to have the opportunity to speak/ask questions."
  • "Anyone can become 'alcoholic'. The AA and Al-Anon participants were brilliant in providing students with information and insights into alcoholism."
  • "Well organised, gave all participants time to input into the sessions and ask questions."
  • "Appropriate for the learning outcomes for students."
  • "I learnt more about AA. It made me consider other healthcare professionals for early interventions. Some validation of beliefs of skills needed as healthcare professionals from recovering alcoholics."

Student Reflections on Previous Workshops

Eleanor Nottage, final year speech and language therapy student, shares her reflections about an Interprofessional (IPL) Student Workshop on Eating Disorders that took place on 13 November 2013. You can view Eleanor's reflection in full by clicking on this link.   /documents/4006821/4695975/Reflective+Log+-+IPL4+Eleanor+Nottage+Student+SLT.doc/9e981c66-5918-4255-b50f-10d19aee4123

Vicky Reynolds-Cocroft, final year physiotherapy student shares her reflections about the recent Interprofessional (IPL) Student Workshop on Eating Disorders. Click on the link to read Vicky's reflection in full: /documents/4006821/0/Reflection+on+IPL+-+Vicky+Reynolds-Cocroft.docx/736d18ab-d4a2-4d14-8452-8444c7bd369b