Identifying key areas for active interprofessional learning partnerships: a facilitated dialogue

Kathryn Steven (Lead / Corresponding author), Allyson Angus, Jenna Breckenridge, Peter Davey, Vicki Tully, Fiona Muir (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Student and service user involvement is recognised as an important factor in creating interprofessional education (IPE) opportunities. We used a team-based learning approach to bring together undergraduate health professional students, early career professionals (ECPs), public partners, volunteers, and carers to explore learning partnerships. Influenced by evaluative inquiry, this qualitative study used a free text response to allow participants to give their own opinion. A total of 153 participants (50 public partners and 103 students and professionals representing 11 healthcare professions) took part. Participants were divided into mixed groups of six (n = 25) and asked to identify areas where students, professionals, and public could work together to improve health professional education. Each group documented their discussions by summarising agreed areas and next steps. Responses were collected and transcribed for inductive content analysis. Seven key themes (areas for joint working) were identified: communication, public as partners, standards of conduct, IPE, quality improvement, education, and learning environments. The team-based learning format enabled undergraduate and postgraduate health professionals to achieve consensus with public partners on areas for IPE and collaboration. Some of our results may be context-specific but the approach is generalisable to other areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-828
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number6
Early online date6 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Collective learning
  • Continuing education
  • Faculty development
  • Healthcare
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Interprofessional education
  • Service users


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