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Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute

In 2017, Rosalind Franklin University welcomed the Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute to the campus. The work of the Institute is directed towards the development of the healthcare workforce pipeline at a national and international level by translating and aligning educational and workforce learning into career pathways for the healthcare professions. The Institute will address gaps, through the lens of industry, between traditional education/technical skills, common employability skills, and leadership skills needed for workplace success in any position.

The Institute will broaden the definition of "interprofessional" beyond traditional healthcare and bring together a cross-section of industries and businesses that interface with the healthcare professions. The Institute will use theses voices to communicate to learning institutions the skills employers are looking for, as well as to help industries and employers adjust their hiring and business practices to focus on competencies and skills needed to align with job roles.

The Institute's goal is to become the Related Technical Instructional Provider for the Healthcare Professions. Currently, instructional training for healthcare is not strategically aligned or directed by a single entity that will ensure rigor, consistency, or portability in related instruction to meet industry demands. There is a need to create a framework to help ensure that both the emerging workforce and the working learner populations develop the necessary competencies and skills that are nationally and internationally recognized. We are connecting how healthcare professionals learn with how healthcare professionals work.

Mission

Meeting the needs of industry by aligning education and workforce training to build a skilled and competent healthcare labor pool to achieve better health for the community.

Vision

To have developed a skilled and competent global workforce

Values

Our work is guided by a commitment to:

  • Social Responsibility
  • Empowerment
  • High Standards and Excellence
  • Continuous Development and Learning
  • Transparency and Integrity

About the Institute

The Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute engages in activities to promote the development of healthcare pipelines and pathways at various levels to advance evidence-based practice research and workforce development strategies for all healthcare professions, including new and emerging roles. The Institute’s work will include:

  • Conducting and participating in research projects
  • Leading a trans-disciplinary consortium
  • Interface and consultation with industry partners
  • Career mapping
  • Building competency frameworks
  • Developing common language
  • Identification and curriculum development of niche skill sets
  • Certification development
  • Education to practice/Skills development and training
  • Sharing knowledge through publications, presentations, appointments, and other outreach

Our hope is to become the Related Technical Instructional Provider for the Healthcare Professions. Currently, instructional training for healthcare is not strategically aligned or directed by a single entity that will ensure rigor, consistency, or portability in related instruction to meet industry demands. There is a need to create a framework to help ensure that both the emerging workforce and the working learner populations develop the necessary competencies and skills that are nationally and internationally recognized. We are connecting how healthcare professionals learn with how healthcare professionals work.