Threshold Concepts, Action Poetry and the Health Professions: An Interview with Ray Land


  • Ray Land Durham University
  • Hilary Neve University of Plymouth
  • Linda Martindale University of Dundee



health professions, threshold concepts


Note: Hilary Neve and Linda Martindale, members of the editorial team for this special Issue of the International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, undertook this interview with Ray Land in June 2018. The interview was transcribed verbatim and subsequently edited for publication. In this, Ray Land considers the impact of threshold concepts generally as well as key implications for the healthcare education and practice.


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How to Cite

Land, R., Neve, H., & Martindale, L. (2018). Threshold Concepts, Action Poetry and the Health Professions: An Interview with Ray Land. International Journal of Practice-Based Learning in Health and Social Care, 6(1), 45–52.

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