Guest post: Reduction of Harm Through Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

By | 18th February 2020

Guest post by Rick Iedema, Professor & Director of the Centre for Team-based Practice & Learning in Health Care at King’s College London. Read more about Rick at the bottom of this post.

Interprofessional learning, collaborative practice and integrated care are now at the forefront of healthcare policy makers’ priorities. However, these policy priorities come with limited guidance supporting their practical realisation. New methods and approaches that scale the chasm between interprofessional aspiration and service reality are called for.

Therefore, I would like to invite you to attend King’s CAIPE Conference 2020: Reduction of Harm Through Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice. The conference is organised by the King’s College London Centre for Team-Based Practice & Learning in Health Care and the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE).

This conference will provide a forum that prioritises deliberations over presentations. Our principal aim is to take on the question of how to realise interprofessionalism and interprofessional learning in ways that impact on how care happens: what kinds of interprofessional learning and working are needed to tackle the increasingly complex circumstances that define the real world of care provision?

Please submit a 150-word abstract outlining a current or recent piece of research that pertains to one of the four conference sub-themes by 27 March 2020. Submit your abstracts or request more information via email to The over-arching conference theme is ‘reducing harm through interprofessional education and collaborative practice’. The sub-themes are:

  • Innovations in interprofessional education
  • Educating teams for patient safety
  • Complexity: consequences for interprofessional working and learning
  • New healthcare professional roles: teaching and integrating new professionals

With confirmation of acceptance of submitted abstracts, attendees will receive an invitation to submit a 10-minute (maximum) presentation in video file format by 25 May 2020 (see recording of a presentation). Nota Bene – Acceptance of our offer to submit a presentation means you agree to your video-ed presentations and abstracts being made available on the conference website to all attendees.

Your presentations will be allocated to one or more conference discussion streams. The conference will be composed of discussion groups loosely organised around the above conference themes and around additional themes thrown up by your (submitted, video-ed) presentations. Each discussion group will be facilitated by one of the conference organisers and keynote presenters, and each group will be asked to determine its specific reporting outcomes, to be shared with the full conference on the last day.

The keynote speakers include Professors Sarah Hean and Simon Kitto.

Sarah is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Stavanger and Professor of Social Sciences at the Bournemouth University. Sarah has expertise in interprofessional education particularly theory development and collaborative practice between the mental health and criminal justice systems. She has completed a FP7 Marie Curie Sklodowska (MSCA) individual fellowship in interagency practices and is currently principal investigator and coordinator of the COLAB consortium, an Horizon2O2O MSCA RISE programme aiming to improve collaborations between criminal justice and welfare services.

Simon is a Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Department of Innovation in Medical Education and the Director of Research in the Office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine; and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Surgery. Simon is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions and holds advisory positions with various international research entities. His research focuses on the nature and role of continuing interprofessional education and practice as related to patient safety, quality improvement and implementation science intervention design and practice.

We look forward to seeing you 18-20 June 2020 at Bush House, Strand Campus, London. Tickets are available now from here. You can also follow @rick_iedema for updates.


About Rick:

Rick Iedema is Professor and Director of the Centre for Team-based Practice & Learning in Health Care at King’s College London, U.K. His main research interest is in how clinicians collaborate and communicate, and in the ways patients can become involved in healthcare practice improvement. He has published widely in the area of healthcare practice improvement with over 200 publications among which are six books. His most recent publications include Visualising Health Care Improvement (2013, Taylor & Francis, with Jessica Mesman and Katherine Carroll), Communicating Quality and Safety in Health Care (2015, Cambridge University Press, with Donella Piper and Marie Manidis), and Video Reflexive Ethnography in Health Research and Healthcare Improvement (Taylor & Francis forthcoming, with Katherine Carroll, Jessica Mesman, Aileen Collier, Suyin Hor and Mary Wyer).