Tips For Students

IPL In The Placement Setting

Tips For Students

  1. Interprofessional learning on placement helps prepare you for the collaborative patient/client centred practice required of you by graduation.
  2. Interprofessional learning outcomes map directly to Unit of Study outcomes and placement competencies. They relate to communication, teamwork, collaborative care, conflict resolution, problem-solving, leadership, life-long learning and patient-focused care.
  3. Interprofessional learning is therefore NOT an extra activity – interprofessional competencies have to be met by all

When on placement:

  • Introduce yourself to students from other professions. They also have to develop their IPL networks so would appreciate a friendly “hello”.
  • Actively look for IPL opportunities when on placement and discuss them with your supervisor. Seek out IPL experiences that complement your own interests and learning needs.
  • Take the lead in coordinating an interprofessional learning opportunity with students from other professions.
  • Be aware of informal opportunities to have discussions with students or professionals from other professions about your role and their roles in patient/client care. For example, corridor or tea-room conversations.
  • Sometimes the best interprofessional learning occurs through social contact. Share a morning coffee or look for opportunities to have lunch together.