Case Scenario 

The nurse unit manager (NUM) of the general medicine ward in the hospital approaches you. She has noticed that her junior nursing staff are not confident with diabetes medicines. She is concerned about their medicine knowledge, methods of administration and the condition itself. She wants to collaborate in facilitated interprofessional education activities but does not know where to start, as she has not embarked on a project like this before.

Learning Objectives

After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: 

  • Explain what interprofessional collaboration is in healthcare 
  • Describe the benefits and challenges that arise with collaborative practice 
  • Discuss ways pharmacists can collaborate with other healthcare professionals. 

Competency (2016) standards addressed: 1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 4.7 

Accreditation number: CAP2302SYPSZ Accreditation expiry: 31/01/2026

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Interprofessional collaboration and interprofessional education 

Interprofessional collaboration can be defined as a

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