A roadmap to success: Embedding interprofessional learning in the university curriculum and HLS Faculty to promote experiential learning and collaborative practice.

  • Park, V. (Speaker)
  • Harper, L. (Speaker)
  • Wade, J. (Speaker)
  • Rebecca Hancock (Speaker)
  • Scott Walker (Speaker)
  • Kayleigh McElderry-Wilkinson (Speaker)
  • Emma Richardson (Speaker)
  • Rhoda Simpson (Speaker)
  • Coral Bisson (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


This presentation outlines the roadmap used to successfully embed interprofessional learning (IPL) within our Northumbria University health and social care curricula. The future workforce must be skilled, knowledgeable, and competent to effectively collaborate for practice to be seamless, high-quality, safe, and effective. Interprofessional education (IPE) is an educational approach, related to experiential learning principles, that brings together different professions to learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care. In undergraduate curricula, IPE is acknowledged as a way to prepare students to become ‘collaborative-practice ready’ developing the collaborative competence required for effective, holistic, and integrated health and social care practice.
In this presentation, we consider national and international drivers, underpinning theory, evidence, and principles of interprofessional learning, and present case studies to provide real world context and authentic examples. We will guide the audience through our 7-year journey outlining the successful implementation of IPE, reflecting on our challenges, and celebrating our successes since the introduction of our 2017 IPE Strategy. Our core IPL philosophy - ‘recognising similarity, valuing difference’ – provides a philosophical framework to map against, and we reflect on the importance of having a strategy to structure and guide educational provision; acknowledging the importance of strong leadership needed to support implementation within higher education; of research rich education; collaboration with national and international organisations; and partnership working with students, practice partners and service users, including innovative appointment of IPE student interns.
It is an exciting time at Northumbria as we develop new spaces for inclusive working and learning, and we seek more ways to effectively collaborate and learn across our respective interprofessional fields. It is timely to evaluate our IPE provision as we respond to advances in technology, professional statutory regulatory body changes, university advancements and the growing global evidence base as part of our HLS Faculty IPE Strategy revision. Ultimately, this presentation demonstrates how interprofessional learning is embedded in curriculum to promote experiential learning and challenges us all to consider how we can ensure our learners are part of an authentic interprofessional learning culture which prepares them for effective future practice.
Period7 Mar 2024
Event titleNorthumbria University's Celebration of Education: Working Together : Creating Learning Opportunities for All
Event typeWorkshop
Degree of RecognitionRegional