There is no doubt that Interprofessional education (IPE) or as we call it at RGU Interprofessional Learning (IPL) has gained traction and momentum in recent years and is reflected in our innovative initiatives in student engagement and activity.

Our aim is that students will be encouraged to engage in early interactions between different professions.  The IPL programme is designed to foster and develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that enable effective interprofessional team working and collaboration.

We believe that opportunities for meaningful interactions between different professions play a crucial role in patient/client centredness and values based practice that promotes effective collaborative working.  We also believe that members of different professions need to meet together throughout their undergraduate programmes so that they can share and discuss all aspects of care and person centred practice.

Students will attend mandatory core events in years one and two and in later years they will have the opportunity to engage with a programme of events such as multi-professional clinical simulation, values based practice workshops and simulated case conferences.

Student Testimonial (Year one student) - "I have found the IPL event to be powerful and meaningful - I will never forget this experience" - November 2016

Learning Outcomes that run throughout all stages of our IPL programme

  • Identify key principles that facilitate effective inter-professional team-working
  • Understand why improvements in inter-professional practice are important to patient and client care
  • Describe their own role as a health professional within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Learn about the role of other healthcare professionals and how they might collaborate to provide the best patient/client centred care/practice
  • Understand the benefits of and constraints in inter-professional team-working


  • Stage One - Professional Values
  • Stage Two - Patient Safety and Client Safeguarding
  • Stage Three - Team-working and Teaming
  • Stage Four - Patient/Client Centred Care

Work with us

The philosophy of the IPL academic team is to be innovative, student centred and to provide interesting, informative, contemporary and relevant learning.  If you have an idea for an interprofessional/multi-disciplinary learning session or event please contact the team.

Connect with us

We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to know more about IPL at RGU.  Please contact us through Facebook at iplaberdeen or by email at

You can contact Laura Chalmers - Academic Lead for Interprofessional Learning at RGU. Contact her at or on 01224 262917.

IPE Student Society - Aberdeen

IPE society is a pioneering, award-winning, inter-university society across Aberdeen University & Robert Gordon University.  As inter-professional education is fundamental to patient and client centred care and is stipulated as an essential component of undergraduate education by regulators of health and social care professions.  The IPE society promotes inter-professional working through a mixture of lectures and practice clinical teaching.  Find out more about the Aberdeen IPE Society

Useful links

CAIPE - Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education

Robert Gordon University is a corporate member of CAIPE.  Through our close links with CAIPE, RGU contributes to this influential organisation which provides opportunities for national and international collaborations and networking opportunities.

World Health Organisation (WHO) - Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice