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Toward interprofessional learning and education: Mapping common outcomes for prequalifying healthcare professional programs in the United Kingdom

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  • Kathryn Steven (Lead / Corresponding author)
  • Stella Howden
  • Gary Mires
  • Iain Rowe
  • Natalie Lafferty
  • Amy Arnold
  • Alison Strath

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-744
Number of pages25
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue number7
Early online date2 May 2017
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2017


INTRODUCTION: Interprofessional education (IPE) continues to be a key component in prequalifying health professional education, with calls for regulators to publish a joint statement regarding IPE outcomes. To date, the regulatory documents for healthcare education in the United Kingdom have not been examined for common learning outcomes; information that could be used to inform such a statement and to identify opportunities for interprofessional learning.

METHODS: A mapping of the outcomes/standards required by five, UK, health profession regulatory bodies was undertaken. This involved the identification of common outcomes, a keyword search and classification of common outcomes/standards; presented as themes and subthemes.

RESULTS: Seven themes were identified: knowledge for practice, skills for practice, ethical approach, professionalism, continuing professional development (CPD), patient-centered approach and teamworking skills, representing 22 subthemes. Each subtheme links back to the outcomes/standards in the regulatory documents.

CONCLUSIONS: This study identifies the key areas of overlap in outcomes/standards expected of selected healthcare graduates in the United Kingdom. The mapping provides a framework for informing prequalifying IPE curricula, for example, identifying possible foci for interprofessional education outcomes and associated learning opportunities. It allows reference back to the standards set by regulatory bodies, a requirement for all institutions involved in health profession education.

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