Interprofessional Education and Training

Background and Info

In 2010, the World Health Organisation acknowledged that after almost 50 years of enquiry, that there is sufficient evidence to indicate that effective interprofessional education enables effective collaborative practice. The aims of the Interprofessional Education and Training working group is to encourage discussion and research. Interprofessional education has been defined by the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education in the UK as when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaborative practice and quality of care (CAIPE 2002).

This working group will seek to:

  • promote best practice
  • create a community of educators and practitioners
  • encourage and support innovation in IPE discuss and disseminate IPE and Training

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Chair: Prof. Lesley Diack, Robert Gordon University

Professor Lesley Diack is the Professor of Transdisciplinary and Technology Enhanced Learning at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.  For thirteen years she has been actively working on and researching IPE. She was the principal investigator on the Scottish Government funded IPE project and lead author of the 2008 report. She has worked on many funded projects totalling over £1.3m, including projects with the Scottish Government Health Department, the Digital Health and Social care Institute (DHI), Innovate (UK), Police Scotland, Cancer Link Aberdeen and the North (CLAN), Janssen-Cilag, and with collaborators in Europe, Japan, Australia the USA and Qatar. At present she is researching a number of topics including, leadership in interprofessional education, innovative collaborative dementia care and education and mobile apps for people of all ages with long term conditions and their interprofessional health care teams. She has presented nationally and internationally, recently giving the keynote address at the International Congress for Health Workforce and Education in Porto as well as publishing many articles including ‘Interaction with other healthcare professionals and patients’ in Jason Hall ed. Pharmacy Practice (OUP 2013). Further details and publications can be found at: