Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINED 706 - Interprofessional Learning, Teamwork and Patient Safety

15 Points

Semester 2


Modern healthcare teams are by necessity interprofessional in nature. This course explores the application of interprofessional education and learning in the health professions, with an aim to build more effective healthcare teams, and improve the quality and safety of patient care.

Additional information

Course objectives:

This course focusses on the practical application of key concepts of interprofessional learning (IPL). It engages participants in a critical analysis and evaluation of IPL in a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare education settings. It explores the workplace-situated nature of IPL and issues around professional identity, team-working, group dynamics and collaborative and partnership working.

Course participants will be encouraged to draw on their own experiences and, through a range of activities and readings, apply their new learning and skills to their own areas of education and teaching.


Key course outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the purpose and principles behind effective IPL.
  • Ability to critique approaches to and models of IPL in different workplace contexts.
  • Understand the challenges and common difficulties in achieving solutions which incorporate IPL effectively.


Course description:

CLINED 706 is a blended learning programme, comprising seven online learning modules, online learning support by teaching staff, and a face-to-face workshop. The online learning environment covers a range of activities including discussion boards, virtual office hours by teaching staff, specially produced stimulus materials, signposting to resources and readings, and online and physical access to the library. Considerable emphasis is placed on drawing on your clinical and educational roles regarding IPL to illuminate and apply the concepts of IPL to the clinical context.



Online activity and Zoom meeting session will be held. 


Assessment consists of two 2500-word essay-type assignments based on the course participant’s own clinical teaching context, and a third 1000-word reflective assignment considering learning and involvement in the course.


Teaching staff:

Dr Craig Webster
Senior Lecturer
Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Dr Tanisha Jowsey
Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Course Director

Course Administrator