’The key audience is likely to be those who are already engaging with IPE in some form: policy-makers, those working within HEIs, education managers, evaluators and students.
Title: Interprofessional Education and Training, 2nd edition
Author: John Carpenter and Helen Dickinson
Publisher: Policy Press
Reviewer: Lynne Partington, project coordinator and specialist advisor, The End of Life Partnership, Cheshire
What was it like?
As one of five books in a series providing an introduction to partnership working in health and social care, this second edition book explores the idea that professionals should ”learn together to work together” within an interprofessional education (IPE) and training approach. It covers subjects from the background and policy, latest research and “hot topics”, frameworks and concepts through to recommendations for policy and practice.
What were the highlights?
As with all of the books in this series, the concise presentation of the book provides a wealth of knowledge within a fairly short text, yet manages to cover many different aspects at the same time. It offers both insights and challenges into the role of IPE while also presenting guidelines and ways to take forward and develop IPE.
Strengths and weaknesses?
One of the strengths of this second edition is that it has been brought right up to date with current literature, evidence and practice example. In addition, this book features a very strong section on ”hot topics”. Some of the biggest queries of IPE are addressed in this part, which are: the involvement of services users, how can IPE be mainstreamed and maintained, and a principal issue facing any type of development or initiative - how to effectively evaluate IPE? This section explores the challenges and considers how they may be overcome by offering appropriate ideas and frameworks. Learning from this section can also be applied more widely, for example, an outcome framework that could be applied to many other topics and likewise with an introduction to realist evaluation.
As with other books in the series, this book is firmly grounded in practice and explicitly discusses how to make links between theory and practice. Each section concludes with a set of reflective exercises and also includes a list of further reading and resources to support continued development.
Who should read it?
This book would appeal to a broad readership. The key audience is likely to be those who are already engaging with IPE in some form: policy-makers, those working within HEIs, education managers, evaluators and students. However, anyone who works with other professions (and who doesn’t?) could find this book helpful as IPE doesn’t have to be a formal learning experience and can be instigated by practitioners within their own setting with thought and planning.
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