The HEIPS framework: Scaffolding interprofessional education starts with health professional educators

Karen Stanley, David Stanley

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The link between interprofessional collaboration and interprofessional education has been at the centre of discourse for some time. To understand some of the challenges of interprofessional collaboration, a research study was undertaken. The study investigated the interprofessional socialisation experiences of health professional educators, across five higher education faculties in Perth, Western Australia (WA). An interpretive phenomenological framework was utilised to explore the phenomena of interprofessional socialisation. Twenty-six professional educators were interviewed from a variety of health-related disciplines and qualitative content analysis was undertaken with the aid of NVivo 10 software. Examination of the data discovered a range of barriers that were potentially preventing professionals from working together effectively, within education. Overcoming some of these obstacles were identified, such as, professional language, organizational support, time and workload and the proximity of professionals. The research also recommended a framework that would support health educators. Currently, there are conceptual frameworks that guide the professional and interprofessional socialisation of healthcare graduates within education. Whereas, there is very little guidance or frameworks to support professional educators interprofessional experiences. The heath educators’ interprofessional socialisation (HEIPS) framework is presented within this paper, and is a four-step process to encourage the interprofessional socialisation of educators within universities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Early online date12 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


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