AIPHE Guiding Principles

The following principles should be used to guide the development and implementation of interprofessional standards in accreditation programs for health and human service professional education.

  • The patient/client/family is the central focus of effective interprofessional collaboration and, therefore, of effective interprofessional education.
  • In order to educate collaborative practitioners, interprofessional education is an integral component of education for all health and human service professions.
  • Interprofessional education is most effective when integrated explicitly into academic and practice or clinical contexts for learning.
  • Core competencies for collaborative practice are used to inform health and human service interprofessional curricula in Canada.
  • Interprofessional education embraces a relationship-centred approach as one of the key pillars of successful interprofessional collaboration.
  • Interprofessional education requires active engagement of students across the professions in meaningful and relevant collaboration.
  • Flexibility in the integration of IPE into health and human service curricula facilitates the development of accreditation standards that are consistent with each of the profession’s accreditation process and the diverse educational models across the country.
  • Accreditation as one quality monitoring process for education, and regulation (licensing) as the quality control process for practice, must provide consistent messages about interprofessional education and collaboration.
  • Emerging evidence is used to guide interprofessional education in all health and human service program curricula.
  • Required support structures for interprofessional education should be considered in all aspects of accreditation including institutional commitment, curriculum, resources, program evaluation, faculty and students.
  • Collaborative learning is integrated along the continuum of health professional education.
  • Specific knowledge, skills and attitudes are required for effective interprofessional collaboration and these are reflected in interprofessional education curricula.