Support programme «Interprofessionality in healthcare 2017-2020»

The support programme «Interprofessionality in healthcare» intended to improve interprofessional cooperation in the healthcare system and thereby increase efficiency.

Online final conference
support programme «Interprofessionality in healthcare» 2017-2020

After four years, the support programme was finalised with an online conference, which took place on
23th November 2020.

All information on the conference as well as the programme can be found on

The programme in brief

The programme consisted of two parts:

  • Part 1: Knowledge bases. In this part, new, practical knowledge bases were developed in order to promote interprofessionality. To that aim, research projects were put out to tender.

  • Part 2: Models of good practice. In this part, existing interprofessional activities were documented in order to give interested members of the public an overview of current activities and aid in implementing or further developing their own range of services. For that purpose, an online project directory was created which records existing interprofessional projects over as wide an area as possible. In addition, individual projects were documented in detail and published in two brochure (see below).

    Register of models of good practice:

    First a publicly accessible register was set up to give those interested an overview of the models, initiatives and activities already under way in interprofessional training and practice in Switzerland. The register was also designed to provide inspiration, make interprofessional models themselves more visible, and facilitate mutual networking.

    The modules already entered have been publicly available starting June 2018 on the FOPH website ( this point, new models can be added to the public project register on an ongoing basis. Here is a link to the form for entering models.

    Detailed documentation on specific models in two brochures:

    Parallel with setting up and managing the online register, selected models of good practice were documented in detail in two brochures. The first brochure focused on examples of good professional practice and was published in 2018.  The second brochure focused on examples of good practice in education and was published in 2020. Both brochures contain seven examples of good practice each and are available for order free of charge (see PDF below).

Both parts of the programme took into account education as well as professional practice.

Necessity of interprofessionality

Interprofessionality is necessary in education and professional practice. As a result of social change, there will in future be more people suffering from chronic or multiple illnesses who require the services of many health specialists. At the same time, a shortage of specialists is becoming apparent. The latter will, therefore, have to work together more efficiently in future, for example, in interprofessional teams.

Further information is available on the German, French or Italian pages.

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Last modification 13.07.2022

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