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Inter-professional education/learning across social work education provision in Scotland.

Bolger, Janine



This research study was undertaken to map out inter-professional education (also known as inter-professional learning) provision across higher education institutions (HEIs) delivering qualifying social work programmes in Scotland, identify the strengths and weaknesses of those approaches and ascertain the views of those working in the social services regarding the direct impact of such programmes on practice. Online surveys were completed by social work students across Scottish universities, representatives of those delivering inter-profession education/learning (IPE/IPL) and employers. Students and employers were generally satisfied with the type and quality of IPE/IPL offered, which was thought to be well-integrated through qualifying programmes. Provision was clearly articulated and implanted within strategy and course documents. This research found that IPE/IPL undertaken by social workers in training in Scotland was impacting on service delivery. However, it also found that institutional organisation continued to compound difficulties in creating relevant and useful IPE/IPL activity.


BOLGER, J. 2020. Inter-professional education/learning across social work education provision in Scotland. Journal of further and higher education [online], 44(5), pages 705-715. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 25, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 4, 2019
Publication Date Jun 30, 2020
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 5, 2020
Journal Journal of further and higher education
Print ISSN 0309-877X
Electronic ISSN 1469-9486
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Issue 5
Pages 705-715
Keywords Inter-professional education; Inter-professional learning; Social work education; Collaborative professional practice; Evidence-based practice
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