What is Interprofessional Education (IPE)?

Interprofessional education (IPE) occurs when two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes (World Health Organisation 2010).

IPE is increasingly recognised as a core component of health professional education and training, helping to ensure a collaborative practice ready workforce that can work effectively in multi-professional teams to deliver high quality patient care.

Our Purpose

High quality IPE is challenging to develop and maintain, particularly for large and diverse student cohorts. We are a community of practice that fosters the development of IPE expertise through:

o   Sharing good practice in IPE development and delivery

o   Role modelling collaborative working via joint projects, resource development and research.

o   Enabling student networks that develop new generations of leaders in the field of IPE and collaborative practice.


U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2019

The IPE Special Interest Group met for a second time at the U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting hosted by the University of Glasgow. This year’s forum ‘Contemporary Challenges in Interprofessional Education’ used a World Café format to consider challenges in IPE and simulation, student leadershipin IPE, patient and public involvement, transition from IPE to interprofessional practice and embedding IPE into curricula. Participants identified challenges and solutions for each theme, including ideas for U21 HSG projects; and resources to share on the Special Interest Group repository.

Download our presentations from the event here.


U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2018

In September 2018, the IPE Special Interest Group held its inaugural open forum at the U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting hosted by the University of Melbourne.

Delegates discussed their approach to building sustainability in IPE under five headings: Situation | Stakeholders | Solutions | Successes | Seeds to grow

Download our presentations from the event here.


Want to be involved?

If you are currently from a U21 HSG member institution working in IPE, have an interest in learning more and would like to be part of the IPE Special Interest Group then please contact:

Corrina Greenwood, U21 HSG Operations Manager

e: u21health@gmail.com

For reference: World Health Organization. (2010). Framework for action on interprofessional education and collaborative practice (No. WHO/HRH/HPN/10.3). Geneva: World Health Organization. Available at: https://www.who.int/hrh/resources/framework_action/en/