In April 2016 London Medicine & Healthcare hosted a symposium on the topic of interprofessional education.

The event explored how HEIs and other organisations involved in medicine, dentistry and healthcare education can utilise interprofessional education in the most beneficial way. It was aimed at those working in HEIs, and related organisations, who have an interest in interprofessional education in health subjects.

Through our panel of international speakers we explored how other countries have dealt with the challenges associated with providing interprofessional education. We also looked at how interprofessional education is being delivered in England at present, from a number of different perspectives – namely policy, academic and student perspectives. Finally, we aimed to articulate what changes could or should be implemented at national level, university-level and faculty-level in order to ensure that England successfully delivers interprofessional education to its future medical, dental and healthcare workforce. 

The event was chaired by Professor Scott Reeves, Professor in Interprofessional Research, Kingston University & St George’s, University of London, and we heard from a variety of speakers at the event, including:

  • Professor Mark Earnest, Division Head – General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Hospital and Director of Interprofessional Education, University of Colorado
  • Sarah Berger, Research Associate, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, University of Heidelberg
  • Dr Richard Gray, Chair of the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE)
  • Dr Catherine O’Keeffe, Dean of Healthcare Education and Head of Professional Development, Health Education North West London