The potential for interprofessional education

Authored by: Elizabeth Anderson , Jenny Ford , Emma Smith

The Routledge Handbook of Service User Involvement in Human Services Research and Education

Print publication date:  August  2020
Online publication date:  August  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138360143
eBook ISBN: 9780429433306
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In this chapter, we will explore the central role of patients/service users and carers in interprofessional education (IPE). We base our chapter on experiences of delivering health and social care education in the UK. We recognise that social, economic and political context vary greatly between countries and therefore not all of our recommendations will be applicable elsewhere. Both IPE and service user involvement in health and social care education are innovative and push against traditional boundaries. These maybe more difficult to implement in countries where professions have more hierarchical paternalistic views. However, there is international impetus towards including patients in professional service education. The overarching purpose of IPE is for students from different professions to learn together in an interactive way, for the improvement of care and care delivery services. The UK Centre for the Advancement of IPE (CAIPE), which promotes effective IPE, places patients at the centre of their values and aims.

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