Core Competencies

The Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) published updated Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in July 2016. (Click here for the full document)

In the updated document four competency areas/topics are grouped under an overarching domain of Interprofessional Collaboration.  The four topics are:

  1. Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  2. Roles/Responsibilities
  3. Interprofessional Communication
  4. Teams/Teamwork
IPEC was formed in 2009 as a collaboration between 6 national health profession's associations.  The disciplines represented included; dentistry, nursing, medicine, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and public health. An expert panel was convened, with members from each of these disciplines.  This panel created the original set of core competencies, along with implementation recommendations.  This set of competencies was published in 2011 and has been widely disseminated since then.

Source: Interprofessional Education Collaborative. (2016), Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice; 2016 update. Washington, DC; Interprofessional Education Collaborative.