Interprofessional Working in Practice – Avoiding a Theory-Practice Gap


  • Ann Jackson
  • Patricia Bluteau
  • Janet Furlong


interprofessional, theory–practice gap, collaboration, pre-registration


This paper aims to encourage and promote further discussion around the theme of the theory and practice gap in the teaching and practice of interprofessional education (IPE) in pre-registration health and social care. Following a brief history of IPE, we consider the importance of providing students with supported opportunities to observe, learn and put into practice IPE. We also highlight the necessity of involving practitioners in creating health professionals who are ‘fit for purpose’ at qualification.

Author Biography

Ann Jackson

Ann Jackson, Education, Research and Development, The Farmhouse, Gibbet Hill, Warwick Medical School,
University of Warwick, Warwick CV4 7AL, UK
Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2476 573811


PBLH, Vol 1, Issue 1 (June 2013)

The Higher Education Academy doi:10.11120/pblh.2013.00001




How to Cite

Jackson, A., Bluteau, P., & Furlong, J. (2016). Interprofessional Working in Practice – Avoiding a Theory-Practice Gap. International Journal of Practice-Based Learning in Health and Social Care, 1(1), 90–92. Retrieved from