What makes an effective IPE facilitator?
- Have knowledge and competence in working within an interprofessional team environment
- Role model teamwork and collaboration
- Are available to and value learners
- Provide feedback.
Challenges of using IPE to facilitate learning
- Difficulty getting people together from different geographical areas
- Time/schedule clashes
- Overcoming the silo/tribe mindset
- Obtaining buy-in from management/supportive workplaces.
Tools for IPE
- ‘Collaborative Practice' practice guide (Alberta Health Services, 2011)
- Consensus on the curriculum required to prepare students for collaborative practice. (The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS) at Monash University)
- Fact Sheet: Three easy steps to supervising staff from other professions.
- Interprofessional Education (University of Manitoba's Faculty of Health Science)
- Interprofessional learning: A pocket guide for mentors, facilitators, and educators of all professions
- Interprofessional Education in Aged Care (IPEAC) toolkit
- Understanding and Facilitating Interprofessional Education - A Guide to Incorporating Interprofessional Experiences into the Practice Education Setting
- Interprofessional Learning resources for placements
- Interprofessional Education Collaborative
- Interprofessional Education (Curtin University's Faculty of Health Sciences)
- Interprofessional student placement supervisor guide (Queensland Government - Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service)
- Developing cross-disciplinary leadership capacity for enhancing the professional education of multidisciplinary mental health workers (Griffith University in conjunction with the Australian Government Office for Teaching and Learning) which provides a full set of resources to train and develop the IPE skills for mental health practitioners taking on IPE placements including facilitator manuals, student workbooks and online clips. Type the title into the search engine at the link to find the resources
IPE websites and online modules
- Australian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network
- Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Learning (Australian Capital Territory Government Health)
- TBC on the Run
- Te Pou - Interprofessional practice and education in mental health and addiction services (New Zealand)
- Interprofessional Education: a National Audit
- Complexity and health care: health practitioner workforce services, roles, skills and training, to respond to patients with complex needs
- Health Professions Networks Nursing & Midwifery Human Resources for Health: Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice
- Interprofessional Health Education a Literature Review: Overview of international and Australian developments in interprofessional health education (IPE) (2011).
Search template for IPE
Looking for the latest evidence on clinical placements in Interprofessional Education contexts?
Try these Databases:
PubMed and Google Scholar are freely available databases that can be used to search for literature if you do not have alternate database access provided by your employer.
Try these Keywords to find resources about IPE within health care settings:
Interprofessional Education, Interprofessional Relations, Interprofessional learning, interprofessional outcomes (health), students, interdisciplinary study, interdisciplinary standards, workforce, educational models, collaborative care, team-based practice, competencies, health, health care, allied health
Then, combine with key words for the subject area you are seeking:
For example, if you are looking at providing constructive feedback when supervising an interprofessional student placement, you might also include student feedback, constructive feedback, student performance etc...
You may also wish to combine with the professions you are working with, for example, speech pathology and occupational therapy
Some useful resources to guide your appraisal:
The International Centre for Allied Health Evidence is a global initiative aimed at improving the quality and safety of allied health care through the provision of tools, services and resources to support the health workforce translate evidence into policy and practice. They provide a series of Critical Appraisal Tools to assist health professionals critique a variety of study types.
Learn more about the Impact Factors of the journals you select
Don’t forget to search the grey literature:
Reports, data/statistics, policies or books published by appropriate organisations or government bodies may also provide you with useful information. It is best to search these websites directly or, as often this type of information is published in ‘PDF’ format, used the advanced search function in Google settings to specify Adobe Acrobate PDF (.pdf) as the file type for your search
Remember to consider the credibility, reliability, evidence used, perspective/bias and purpose when screening the grey literature you have located.
With Acknowledgements to Griffith University – Library and Learning Services
- Nisbet, G. & Thistlethwaite, J. (2007). Preparing our educators for interprofessional learning: A framework for a work-based interprofessional learning staff development workshop. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 8 (3), 95-101 In Health Education Training Institute (2012). The Learning Guide – A handbook for allied health professionals facilitating learning in the workplace. Sydney: HETI. Retrieved from http://www.heti.nsw.gov.au/Global/HETI-Resources/allied-health/allied-health-learning-guide.pdf