Interprofessional Education (IPE)
The development of good teamwork skills is a core requirement of the modern healthcare professional. Collaborative practice strengthens health systems and improves health outcomes. There is now evidence to indicate that interprofessional education enables collaborative practice. Interprofessional education occurs when two or more health care disciplines are given the opportunity to learn with, from and about each other. King’s is unique in its opportunities for interprofessional education, as the university offers programmes in dentistry, nursing, medicine, midwifery, pharmacy, dietetics and physiotherapy.
By the time they graduate, interprofessional education will help students to:
- Work collaboratively in an interprofessional team towards the provision of patient centred care.
- Gain insight into their relationship with other health professionals, their differing roles and responsibilities and the significance on the overall care of individuals, families and communities.
- Set specialist care and treatment in a holistic context, including human factors.
- Improve patient safety by improving communication and collaboration between professions variously responsible for the same patient.
All first year students participate in an enquiry based learning course that focuses on establishing interprofessional teams to work collaboratively on a project considering ethical and clinical communication associated with safe patient-centred care.
"Fantastic way to learn about other disciplines and the importance of teamwork and communication."
Students work collaboratively in interprofessional groups to devise a comprehensive pain management plan for a ‘virtual patient’, gaining valuable insight into each others’ knowledge and skills.
"Every discipline has different skills and knowledge to offer to provide effective, holistic pain management."
In collaboration with King’s Health Partners, interprofessional seminars are offered in identified practice areas. Expert patients and patient educators along with staff based in the area work with students to enable to help them gain a greater insight and understanding of the patient experience and how different members of the health care team contribute to the overall care of the patient.
"Interprofessional communication is vital for effective patient care, both acutely and long term."
A growing number of interprofessional learning opportunities are being gained through clinical simulation. This provides increased internal validity to the learning experience and sets the learning in the relevant clinical context of team-based approaches to care.
"Fantastic interactive day! A chance to do this twice in final year would help build confidence and appreciate interprofessional teamwork."
This learning unit provides opportunity for final year students in medicine, nursing, midwifery and pharmacy to learn medication management together prior to registration in their respective fields of practice using contemporary digital resources and an interprofessional workshop.
"Medication errors are more than just a result of human error. Human errors will always remain, but well-thought-out and efficient systems will reduce the chances of these errors occurring."
For further information regarding IPE activities at KCL please contact Vikki Cooper or Jayne Frisby.
CAIPE - Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education.
Kings College London is a corporate member of the Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE). Via CAIPE the University contributes to a corporate level community of practice. It provides opportunities for networking across regional, national and international boundaries, sharing ideas, expertise, exchanging visits and collaborative projects and research.