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InterProfessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education & Practice

InterProfessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education & Practice

The Ebola outbreak is a stark and sobering example of the new challenges and new environments that health workers will be confronted with in the 21st Century.

‘Ebola’ also highlights why the social determinants of health  – shorthand for the political, social, economic, environmental and cultural determinants of health – must be a core part of health workforce education and training.

The need for a social determinants of health approach and the increasing interconnectedness and interdependency of our lives, perhaps best symbolised by the phase ‘the internet of everything’ are among the many factors catalysing a radical rethink in our ‘health and care services’. 

WHOs public consultation to inform the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and its work on transformative health workforce education are helping to articulate the key themes, including the health workforce team challenge.

The health workforce team challenge

The Lancet report ‘Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world was the impetus to move Interprofessional Education /Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPECP) forward as both an educational and practice objective.

Momentum is building for IPECP including

  • re-framing IPECP within WHO global initiatives
  • setting out the main elements of IPECP global research agenda
  • building and strengthening IPECP stakeholder networks
  • the IPECP aspect in global initiatives to re-orientate and re-calibrate health workforce education and training

One of this year’s IPECP milestones is the  conference on Interprofessional Education at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia: InterProfessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education & Practice. 

The conference has four major learning objectives: 1) to apply a theoretical framework to interprofessional education initiatives; 2) to design creative interprofessional education teaching strategies including dynamic academic/clinical partnerships; 3) to integrate innovative collaborative practice models in their clinical settings; and 4) to assess individual education and/or clinical practices in light of the information and discussion during the conference, and to identify specific strategies to implement these practices as part of a continuing improvement process for practice.

Professor Gilbert is one of the Keynote speakers and will report from the conference.

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