This book is about sharing knowledge and practice. It arose from a conference that was hosted by the Work Based Learning and Accreditation Unit of the School of Health and Social Sciences at Middlesex University. We believed that as a Unit and within the University we have the expertise and experience to make a significant contribution to the debates surrounding the development and implementation of work based learning in health care. However, we were also aware that we are by no means alone in this and that excellent work is being developed and practised in many other universities and organisations: and so the idea of the conference as a platform from which to share knowledge and practice was born. Whilst this book doesn't provide a 'how to' guide, it addresses a topic that has become increasingly important in government, business and edu- cation: the role of the workplace in the generation of knowledge in a complex and changing society. The book presents a range of ideas and practice that cross many of the debates in work based learning including the student experience, the organisational experience of accreditation and professional impact as well as academic and policy reviews. As such, we believe that those who are experienced in work based learning and those who are just beginning to think about it will find something here to stimulate thinking and the development of new ideas.