AMaking The Most Of Learning In A Student Team

BEFORE YOU START: Understanding interprofessional terms

Being Interprofessional

Discuss the components of the word interprofessional e.g. can you define it?

For example, what does 'Inter' mean?

What does 'professional' mean?

Ground Rules

Your facilitator/tutor will direct you to consider how to work together to use each other's skills and ensure everyone contributes to the workshop activities. You may use the team working shield (next page) or simply outline how you wish to work together.

  • Record your groups agreed rules.
  • Consider how you use these throughout your time working together.
  • How does setting these help you work as a team?

BGroup Activity

Team Shield


In your groups design a shield to combine 4 key aspects required to ensure effective interprofessional team working

download a shield template here pdf document

Team Working Game

You will be given an activity that has been designed to enable you to work together as a developing team. In completing the activity you will have had to make some contribution to your teams work.


  • What did you do to help?
  • Did you manage to communicate your views within the group?
  • How did it feel working within this team?
  • How did your team feel about your team outcome?

BWho's Who In Health and Social Care

Finding out Who Does What and Why ~ Game

The idea of this game is for you to begin to consider the roles and responsibilities of a wide range of health and social care practitioners with whom you may work in the future.

During this exercise you will consider some of the list of professions shown below but as you complete more interprofessional learning and practice-based learning you should be able to complete all of these professions. Additional resources will be shared with you.

Each profession is regulated by a professional body. These websites contain a great deal of information about the different professions and we advise you to refer to them. You can find the code of professional conduct for the professions at these web sites:

download and print Who’s Who in Health and Social Care pdf document

BLearning about each other using case studies

Depending on the time allocated for this session you may approach case studies in different ways:

Option 1 - Moring or Afternoon session
Option 2 - Two sessions on separate days

Option 1. When your session covers only a morning or afternoon

Case Studies to Illustrate Interprofessional Working.

Your tutors will direct you to reflect on situations which are taken from, or are based on, every day health and social care practice and involve a range of different health and social care professionals.

They may choose to show you :

A short film extract of clinical situations taken from drama programmes


To use some of the written cases below

Your Tasks

As you read OR watch the case examples consider the following questions:

Your Team Work

  1. What are the needs of the people in these stories?
  2. Work out which professionals are involved or should be involved in this case (list all people including carers/agencies including the voluntary sector)?
  3. What role do they play and why?
  4. Consider the different professional values of these professionals
  5. With whom do these professionals communicate about the care of this case and their family needs?
  6. How might interprofessional working benefit and/or disadvantage this person and her carers?


To help you achieve your team goals you might like to draw a "map" of the professionals involved and how they might liaise with one another.


You might like to use this table to help you (Case Studies_Professions pdf document)

Written Case Studies

Download Case studies pdf document



Option 2. When your session is over two separate days


Download Case studies pdf document

For the case studies you choose to examine you need to complete the following tasks:

Task One: Consider the following questions as you will have to demonstrate an understanding of these to your facilitator.

  1. What are the needs of this person?
  2. Who are the people who might be involved in meeting this person’s needs (list all people/agencies)?
  3. Outline their different roles and consider different professional values.
  4. How might interprofessional working benefit and/or disadvantage this person?

Task Two:  Design and create an information leaflet that you could give to this person. This leaflet should introduce the team and should give information on the services they provide to meet her needs. The leaflet will be on one piece of A4 paper, you need to give a copy and describe your leaflet to your facilitator and your other group members at the final session of LIP level one.

Reflect on the benefits and challenges of working together as an interprofessional group on this task.

Why Are We Doing This?

Some reflective work and theory

Teamworking in Action pdf document


B Improving Teamworking

This activity aims to help you analyse teamworking with a view to improving health and social care outcomes when in practice.

This powerpoint presentation will cover:

  • What is service improvement and why do it?
  • The 3 step approach
  • Introduce Process Mapping
  • Introduce a model for improvement

Improving Service powerpoint presentation

BWhat Good Teamworking Should Look Like

You will be asked to watch a film that provides an exemplar of teamworking in action. (for example 'Go Around' Cathy loves her job as a flight nurse and knows that excellent communication is critical if she and her team are to save the lives of the patients they rescue)

Other suggestions for such a film include: The Golden Hour, Apollo 13 There are a number of films with a teamworking theme which refer to 'Golden Hour' in the title .. you may wish to find these from an internet search.

Consider these questions for discussion afterwards

  • What are your first impressions of the teams?
  • Team communication - what?, how?, when?
  • Factors of influence?
  • Overcoming Challenges

Why Are We Doing This?

Some reflective work and theory

Interprofessional Competencies in Collaboration pdf document


BFinal Reflections

Interprofessional Competence : What is it?

In health and social care students understand the unique contribution they bring related to their profession and combine this with attitudes associated with excellent professional practice. In many situations these skills are practiced as a team with the patient/users in the centre. We often combine these attributes into a competence. Competence is defined as the ability to combine;

  1. knowledge ~ cognitive domain;
  2. skills ~ psychomotor domain; and
  3. attitudes ~ affective domain.

In health care the term competency, the integration of the above skills, has been described as follows (Miller GE 1990) diagrammatically shown below.

Miller GE (1990). The assessment of clinical skills/competence/performance. Invited Reviews
Academic Medicine; Vol 65 (9) September supplement.

Interprofessionality is defined as working effectvely from within an interprofessional team to collaborate, sustain and enable partnerships working to improve health.

Group Activity

  • Reflect on your learning over these sessions:
  • What are the competences you require for being an interprofessional worker?

In your group consider and complete this table pdf document