Interprofessional education (IPE) has been perceived as a solution to a number of the practical difficulties associated with collaborative working. It is regarded as particularly critical in complex areas such as safeguarding children, community mental health services, older people's services and services for disabled children. In all of these cases the quality of care needs to be delivered by seamless multiprofessional teams. This essential textbook provides a thorough introduction to IPE in health and social care and examines the research evidence in detail, providing much-needed practical advice. This second edition includes updates to research and policy contexts and provides readers with an essential set of IPE 'do's and don'ts'.
John Carpenter is Professor of Social Work and Applied Social Science at the University of Bristol where thirty years ago he designed, ran and evaluated one of the first pre-qualifying programmes of interprofessional education in England. Helen Dickinson is Associate Professor of Public Governance at the University of Melbourne. She is co-editor of the Journal of Health, Organization and Management and Australian Journal of Public Administration and has worked with government, community organisations and private organisations in Australia, UK, New Zealand and Europe.
Introduction; What is interprofessional education and why does it matter?; What does research tell us?; Hot topics and emerging issues; Useful frameworks and concepts; Recommendations for policy and practice.