Royal Colleges and professional organisations representing the range of clinicians across primary and secondary care have come together in the interests of the quality and standards of patient care and the professional skills and development of their members to:
- Affirm our joint commitment to the importance of multi-professional team working to deliver better outcomes for patients
- Identify key issues which need to be addressed to enable clinicians to work to their full potential and practice at the top of their licence to deliver the highest quality healthcare at a time when the NHS is under unprecedented financial and workload pressures
- Jointly commit to work together and with employers, educators and government to deliver real improvement in services to patients and the work experience of professional clinical staff.
CAIPE welcomes the opportunity to highlight some of the implications for interprofessional education (IPE) to help ensure that the values that the statement ascribe to multi-professional working are realised in to the full.
CAIPE will appreciate opportunities to discuss those implications working with the Royal Colleges and constituent member bodies and educators. We refer especially to ways in which IPE encourages the flexibility and mutual respect that they emphasise in promoting patient centred care whilst protecting the distinctive identity of each profession. IPE is increasingly recognised as integral to professional development for example in CAIPE’s Interprofessional Education Handbook currently being piloted with HEE South and CAIPE 2017 IPE Guidelines. Those Guidelines also spell out how pre-qualifying professional education is developing team-based practice learning for the rising generation. CAIPE will value opportunities to work with the Royal Colleges and other professional associations separately and collectively to further these developments.
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