Table 1

An overview of the three contexts in which professional knowledge is acquired5

Academic contextCourse content as planned, delivered and received.
Thought to generate theoretical knowledge, which is mostly communicated through written language and academic debate.
Formal planned and ‘informal’ education
Organisational contextRelates to organisational policies and procedures.
Policy and management views of patient safety and influences on education and practice.
‘Informal’ education
Practice contextThe cultures to which students are exposed—patient safety in day-to-day working.
Concerned with actions/experiences and corresponding uncertainties and ambiguities.