Facilitating Inter-professional Learning
Learning to work with, about and from other professions is integral to the health care student. Interprofessional educational (IPE) activities can:
- enhance the learner’s understanding of other professionals’ roles and responsibilities,
- foster mutual respect, and
- promote teamwork and collaboration.
A supervisor should seek out opportunities for the student to experience interprofessional learning such as case conferences or ‘rounds’. A clinical scenario based IPE activity can be found on p 61 of the Superguide (Health Education & Training Institute, 2011).
Teaching in the presence of patients
An integral part of supervision is facilitating learning directly during the patient/client interaction. The following tips aim to ensure the rights of everyone are respected and all parties are comfortable in the interaction (Health Education & Training Institute, 2011, p 46).
- If possible, provide advance notice to the patient and obtain consent in private.
- Ensure introductions are made.
- Explain all procedures, discussions and communications.
- Thank the patient and invite questions.
Modes of Learning
Guidance on facilitating learning utilising different modes, such as, one-on-one, case scenarios, workshops, using simulation, group discussion, journal club, presentation/lecture, inservice and through electronic media can be found on pps 47-59 of the Learning Guide (Health Education & Training Institute, 2011).