IPL In The Placement Setting
Tips For Students
- Interprofessional learning on placement helps prepare you for the collaborative patient/client centred practice required of you by graduation.
- 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.
- 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.