Collaborative practice and education

Take a step towards a culture change within the health care system to improve quality and ensure sustainability into the future. Collaborative practice and education is at the core of this shift toward team-based models of service delivery to support safe, high-quality, person-centered care.

CPEHC image What does it MEAN? Finding and acting upon opportunities to work and learn more collaboratively in the interest of patient care. Working “hand-in-hand” rather than “handing-off.”
CPEHC image Who does it INVOLVE? You, those you work and learn with, and those you provide care to everyday.
CPEHC image Why does it MATTER? Because it will lead to better patient outcomes – the very reason we all do what we’ve been educated to do.
CPEHC image How does it WORK? High-performing teams and collaborative relationships connect everyone to better patient outcomes.

Enhanced collaboration amongst health care providers, individuals, families, caregivers, and the community is an approach which positively impacts service quality and safety, and improves overall health outcomes.

The goal is to remove barriers that prevent collaborative practice and education from occurring in clinical practice, learning, regulatory, and government sectors. For more information, read the Framework and Workplan for Change documents and start talking about it in your organization:

Those who should know about collaborative practice and education include:

  • all current health care providers, both regulated and non-regulated;
  • management-level staff in the practice environment;
  • learners, faculty, preceptors, and senior administrators in the learning environment;
  • health professionals;
  • government representatives involved in policy development and implementation; and
  • individuals, their families, caregivers, and communities.

The Collaborative Practice and Education Framework for Change, and the Collaborative Practice and Education Workplan for Change documents set the policy direction to enhance collaboration among health care providers, individuals, families and caregivers as a strategy to positively impact service quality and safety, and improve health outcomes in Alberta.