Sharon Buckley, University of Birmingham

A microbiologist by background, Sharon is an experienced educator with a strong record in expanding IPE opportunities. She worked with Birmingham students to establish the Knowledge and Skills Exchange IPE Society, led the Health Care Team Challenge (West Midlands) 2015, the first such to be held in England and, in 2012, established the College of Medical and Dental Sciences IPE steering group, which works to embed IPE into health professions programme curricula. Since 2005, Sharon has led four major regional IPE projects, focussing particularly on the development of authentic IP simulations for pre-registration students.

Sharon is a board member for the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE), a member of the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) collaboration editorial committee and an Associate Editor for the journal The Clinical Teacher.

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Dr Allison Mandrusiak, University of Queensland

Dr Allison Mandrusiak is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy (Cardiorespiratory) at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Allison’s special interests include simulation and interprofessional learning and practice. She was part of a leadership team to create a Faculty-wide ‘common course’ for all first year students in Health and Behavioural Sciences at UQ. Allison was also involved in the development of interprofessional clinical placements in international settings (for example, in Vietnam where she supervised UQ students on interprofessional placements).

In simulation, Allison coordinates The UQ Physiotherapy Standardised Patients Program which replicates a fulltime clinic using trained actors as patients. She oversaw construction of a six bed simulation ward at UQ to facilitate further advancements in simulation and interprofessional experiences. Her research interests include evaluation of teaching and learning approaches, and clinical research in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy across the lifespan. Allison has received a number of awards for teaching excellence. Allison is Chair of the U21 Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Group and is a member of the Executive Committee of the U21 Health Sciences Group. For Allison’s Institutional profile click here.


Dr Christine Hirsch, University of Birmingham

Christine is a registered pharmacist with a background in hospital clinical pharmacy where she worked in various multidisciplinary teams including oncology, neurology and end of life care. Since completing her PhD in end of life care in 2007, she moved into higher education and is currently deputy programme director for the MPharm programme at the University of Birmingham. She is the pharmacy lead for IPE and member of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences IPE steering group working to embed IPE across the health professions curricula. Christine has been involved in the development of a number of IPE bi-professional workshops as well as IPE simulations and Healthcare Team Challenge involving the wider healthcare pre-registration students at the University. Christine is also a member of the working group to development patient and partner involvement in IPE and healthcare education across the College.