Increasing the opportunities for Interprofessional learning within professional qualification Clinical Therapies programmes.
— Dr. Ann Taylor, University of Limerick

Presentation Summary: The formation of the Department of Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick provided the opportunity to optimise interprofessional education by aligning the structure of the curriculum for the Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy programmes and creating shared modules between the groups of students. The physiotherapy programmes include a four year undergraduate BSc and a two year professional qualification MSc. The Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy programmes are both two year professional qualification MSc. This presentation highlights some of the challenges, issues and considerations that had to be addressed over a three year planning period to facilitate more opportunities for interprofessional learning between all the programmes in both academic and practice education modules.

Dr. Ann Taylor: is a Senior Lecturer and Course Director for the BSc in Physiotherapy and has had a longstanding interest in IPL. In 2010/11 she visited universities within the UK and Canada to gain further insight into their IPL programmes. 

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The work of CAIPE and its impact on interprofessional education throughout the UK
— Dr. Richard Gray, Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education

Presentation Summary: The UK-based Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) aims to promote and develop effective interprofessional education (IPE) in health, social care and related fields, with and through its individual, corporate and student members, in collaboration with like minded organisations in the UK and overseas, for the benefit of patients and clients. However, CAIPE’s priorities remain to channel finite resources into the development of IPE in the UK to further collaboration in services for chronically sick, disabled and vulnerable adults and older people on the one hand, and for children, young people and their families, on the other. CAIPE promotes IPE and collaborative working throughout the UK by working with commissioning, educational, professional and regulatory bodies to coordinate national policies, priorities, strategies and requirements for interprofessional within professional education. CAIPE also informs national policy by responding to and informing relevant consultative documentation.
The presentation will include the following areas:
1. An initial description of the organisation of CAIPE. 2.The core issues, goals and target groups for CAIPE in the field of IPE for health professionals.  
3.The critical success factors and relevant strategic and operational challenges of such an impact.
4. Recommendations for successfully creating al Policy Platform for the Education of Health and Social Care Professions.

Dr. Richard Gray is Chair of CAIPE. He was previously President of the General Practice with Primary Health Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and has a background as a general practitioner in Brighton. Previously, Dr Gray was an Associate Dean for Postgraduate General Practice Medical Education, and Principal Lecturer in Primary Care and interprofessional disciplinary lead at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, where he is now an Honorary Faculty Fellow. He was involved in the design and implementation of the undergraduate first year clinical practice modules which included IPE involving nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, social work and medical students