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Table 4 Elements required for successful and sustainable IPL curriculum versus HCC experience

From: Using complexity theory to develop a student-directed interprofessional learning activity for 1220 healthcare students

Elements suggested as essential for an IPL program Analysis of HCC experience
Long term dedicated support and budget [48]. University grant funded initially; and for a subsequent 1-2 years but HCC relatively low cost because student-directed.
IPL performance metrics [49]. Rigorous assessment so that the evidence that IPL works is provided [50].) Included- a large scale student-directed exercise enables and requires substantial data collection and analysis.
Faculty development program/training (e.g. in small group IPL facilitation) [51]. Not needed – a skeleton academic team of five developed and ran the HCC.
An academic calendar that allows for IPL. [48, 52] Minimum shared scheduling required – a single student day.
Teaching spaces for small group work [37]. Made available to 45 % of students, most used public campus learning spaces.
Required participation of healthcare programs [53], i.e. IPL is mandatory [55]. The HCC is suitable for mandatory participation
Development of a formal IPL department or organizational home [56]. Secure governance arrangements are a priority. Will be needed to provide long term support and development
Links between higher education and health [58]. Minimum links are needed – primarily to source authentic case studies