As inter-agency working has grown increasingly important within UK public services, inter-professional education (IPE) has been perceived as a solution to a number of the practical difficulties associated with this way of working. Particularly, IPE is regarded as crucial within areas such as safe guarding children, community mental health services, older people's services and services for disabled children where the quality of care needs to be delivered by seamless multi-professional teams. From a leading specialist in IPE, this book provides a thorough introduction to inter-professional education in health and social care, examining the issues in detail and providing much needed practical advice. The authors summarise recent trends in policy, establish what we can learn from research and practice and sets out useful frameworks and approaches to address a range of problems that partnerships face.An essential resource, the book provides readers with a set of IPE 'do's and don'ts'. It will be a core text for undergraduate and post qualifying inter-professional students on health and social care courses, as well a students of nursing, social work, social policy and medicine."Better Partnership Working" series of accessible 'how to' books provides an essential introduction to partnership working. Designed to be short and easy to use, the books offer practical support to those working in partnership and provide helpful frameworks to make sense of the complexity which partnership working entails. Summarising current policy and research in a detailed but accessible manner, each book provides practical, evidence-based recommendations invaluable for policy and practice.