Over the last decade the University of Southampton, and within it the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Biological Sciences, has been committed to developing a model of interprofessional learning and teaching for all health care professionals in partnership with key stakeholders. As a result of this long-term vision, the New Generation Project was established in 1999.
The project has since expanded and evolved to become a partnership between the University of Southampton, the University of Portsmouth and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Workforce Development Confederation. The partnership reaches across fourteen professional programmes; four faculties; two universities and the health and social care organisations that support student learning in practice.
In January 2002, the project was identified as one of the four Department of Health national ‘leading edge sites’ to take forward common learning as part of reforming pre registration education. The investment will enable the development and delivery of integrated common learning across eleven professional pathways to commence in October 2003 and result in students experiencing common learning in each year of their programme.