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

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

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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.

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


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    Interprofessional Education between Medical and Pharmacy Students: A Study of What and How Pre-registration Medical and Pharmacy Students Learn With, From and About Each Other in a Classroom Based Interprofessional Environment

    Author: Steven, K. A., 2019

    Supervisor: Howden, S. (Supervisor), Mires, G. (Supervisor), O'Carroll, V. (External person) (Supervisor) & Strath, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Medicine

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