The Special Interest Group in Interprofessional Education

The Special Interest Group in Interprofessional Education will promote and support interprofessional learning and practice, by providing a platform to share ideas, resources and expertise in interprofessional eductation, and promoting cross-institutional research.


Upcoming and past events

Seminar: Constructive Alignment and Assessment Rubrics in Interprofessional Education

Tuesday 19th October 2021 from 14:00 – 16:30

We are delighted to have been awarded funding by the National Forum for Teaching & Learning to run an IPE seminar in October. The focus of the event is on constructive alignment and rubric development for IPE.

Click here for booking and further details.


August 2020

The Irish INHED IPE Special Interest Group hosted their inaugural CPD event on Tuesday 18th August 2020.

Using the online necessity of the current climate, the SIG were delighted to host two Australian IPE experts, Dr Sherryn Evan from Deakin University and Dr Margo Brewer from Curtin University. Dr Evans provided an insight into the challenges and opportunities of online IPE, while Dr Brewer outlined how IPE can be incorporated into clinical education during placements. Key learnings from the webinar included assembling a group of interested and engaged educators, identifying the key objectives and building on initial small scale innovations. Online chat during the session and later on Twitter reflected the learning and encouragement provided by both speakers, as well as the enthusiasm for IPE among healthcare educators.

For anyone wishing to read some of the online discussion you can do so using the Twitter handle #INHEDIPE


Key IPE Resources

World Health Organisation Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (2010)

Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (2017) Interprofessional Education Guidelines

Executive Summary Educators of Healthcare Professionals: Shared Values and Activities Study (HEVAS) (2019)

Key Strategies for First-Time Interprofessional Teachers and Those Developing New Interprofessional Education Programs (McKinlay et al 2018)

A BEME systematic review of the effects of interprofessional education: BEME Guide No. 39 (Reeves et al 2016)

Twelve tips for structuring student placements to achieve interprofessional learning outcomes (Nisbet et al 2016)

Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education

Western Health Sciences Interprofessional Education: http://www.ipe.uwo.ca/

University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education http://www.ipe.utoronto.ca/tools-resources

National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (Nexus): https://nexusipe.org/

The University of British Columbia IPC on the Run: http://www.ipcontherun.ca/

Facilitating collaborative capabilities for future work: What can be learnt from interprofessional fieldwork in health (Brewer & Flavell, 2018): https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1182102.pdf

Facilitating the dissemination of interprofessional education and practice using an innovative conference approach to engage stakeholders (Brewer 2016) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405452615300240


IPE Publications from INHED Members

O’Leary N and Boland P (2020) Organization and system theories in interprofessional research: a scoping review. J Interprof Care 34(1), 11-19

O’Leary N, Salmon N, Clifford A, O’Donoghue M, Reeves S (2019) ‘Bumping along’: a qualitative metasynthesis of challenges to interprofessional placements. Med Educ 53(9), 903-915

Guinan E.M., Barrett E.M., Neil F., Grimes, T., Sullivan, D., O’Sullivan M., Patterson A., Stapleton T., Walsh I., Walsh J.J., Conlon K.C (2018).  Attitudes to Interprofessional Education Among Health Science Students Engaging in a Multidisciplinary Workshop Series. International Journal of Health Science Education. 2(1)

O’Leary N, Salmon N, Clifford A.M. (2020) The contribution of theory to an ethnographic case study on interprofessional placements in healtcare education. International Journal of Social REsearch Methodology. https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2020.1756636

Sinclair D., Savage E., O’Brien M., O’Reilly A., Mullaney C., Killeen M., O’Reilly O., Field C.A., Fitzpatrick P., Murrin C., Connolly D., Patterson A., Denieffe S., Elmusharaf K., Hickey A., Mellon L., Michelle F., Sweeney M.R. (2019) Developing a national undergraduate standardized curriculum for future healthcare professionals on “Making Every Contact Count” for chronic disease prevention in the Republic of Ireland. Journal of Interprofessional Education. DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2019.1684884.


INHED 2020 IPE Presentations

There were a number of presentations at INHED 2020 relating to interprofessional education across a broad spectrum of classroom and practice settings. The link to assess the INHED 2020 book of abstracts to read more can be found here.