Working Group 6. Producing generic IPE policies and guidelines that can be adapted by various authorities to promote and endorse IPE
To develop Guidelines for institutional reform to maximise the impact of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) in the Sub-Saharan context
Effective IPECP is needed if Universal Health Coverage is to be achieved, and institutional reform is needed to maximise the impact of IPECP. Policy makers, statutory boards, institutions training the health workforce and health care service providers need guidelines on how to reform institutions to facilitate IPECP. Instructional reform should go hand in hand with institutional reform to maximise efforts to improve patient outcomes and strengthen systems for health through IPECP.
Project work Description and Timelines
The current status as regards policies for IPECP in Sub-Saharan Africa and internationally, will be determined. This situational analysis together with an investigation into international best practice, will inform the iterative development of a draft consensus Green Paper to inform policy development regarding IPECP in Sub-Saharan Africa. This could serve as guidelines for national and provincial governments, professional boards and higher education institutions to reform institutions by enabling effective IPECP.
The tasks will consist of:
- A situational analysis of current policies and guidelines in Sub-Saharan Africa that serve as barriers and facilitators of IPECP, as well as identifying international best practice policies that enable effective IPECP (due date 15/12/2017)
- Identification of stakeholders that will benefit from a draft Green Paper informing policies to facilitate IPECP (due date 15/12/2017)
- Designing and compiling a first draft of the envisaged Green Paper to inform effective IPECP (due date 15/06/2018)
- Compiling the second draft Green Paper for comment (due date 15/09/2019)
- Finalise and distribute the final draft for comment to stakeholders (due date 15/09/2020)
Details of tasks
A situational analysis of current policies and guidelines in Project and Programme Countries affecting IPECP
A situational analysis of current policies and guidelines in that serve as barriers and facilitators of IPECP will be compiled following a situational analysis. Desk research will also identify best international practice relating to policies and guidelines that enable effective IPECP. A subsequent report will incorporate a literature review to ascertain:
- The state of IPECP policy and implementation guidelines in Sub-Saharan Africa
- International best practices regarding IPECP policy and guidelines
- The specific needs related to an IPECP policy and guidelines
- The report will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for consideration
Identification of stakeholders that will benefit from a draft Green Paper informing policies to facilitate IPECP
Stakeholders will be identified in Sub-Saharan Africa that will benefit from a draft Green Paper informing policies to facilitate IPECP. This would typically involve national, provincial, local and institutional policy and decision-making bodies that are key to help create an environment that will facilitate IPECP (e.g. Departments of Health, Social Services and Higher Education; accreditation and regulatory bodies, professional boards and other statutory bodies.)
An organisational chart will be developed that highlights the relevant stakeholders so that they are not excluded when it comes to providing input, comment and the ultimate implementation of IPECP policy. This working document will be made and will be regularly updated as required.
Designing and compiling a first draft of the envisaged Green Paper to inform effective IPECP
The outline and content of a draft green paper will be determined through an interactive group process which includes input from AfriPEN members, as well as policy and IPECP experts, both local and international. Following the design process, a first draft of the envisaged Green Paper will be compiled and distributed for review and comment.
Compiling the second draft Green Paper for comment
Taking into consideration the feedback and comments received on the first draft of the envisaged Green Paper on IPECP, if possible a workshop will be conducted where stakeholders, as well as international experts, will deliberate to develop and reach consensus on the second draft. This second draft will be circulated for comment.
Compile and avail the final draft Green Paper on IPECP
The comments received on the second draft of the envisaged Green Paper will be taken into consideration when compiling the final document. This final Draft Green Paper will be made available to stakeholders, lobbying them to use it as a guideline as they develop policies and guidelines to facilitate IPECP for their specific domains of influence.
Want to join this work group?
Contact Dr Elizabeth du Toit (Elizabeth.DuToit@nmmu.ac.za)