Thursday, 9 September 2021

Online Nexus Summit 2021 Kicks Off With Over 6 Days of Virtual Learning

Nexus Summit 2021 kicks off next Tuesday, September 14! You are invited to over six days of virtual learning designed to push thinking and move toward action about what matters most to those we serve.

The 2021 meeting features more than 250 peer-reviewed seminars, lightning talks and posters showcasing outcomes-oriented initiatives. All registrants will have archived access to the session through December 31, 2021. 

Browse through the 200+ sessions taking place at Nexus Summit 2021, and begin to plan your Summit itinerary with the Daily Schedule

Explore all six plenaries and themes that will inform and contextualize the learning of each day.

Dive into Conversation Cafes designed to take important topics and move from discourse toward actionable next steps to shape the work ahead.

Explore the Reflective Guides and Learning Tracks, designed to support you in customizing your experience and focus your learning.

Join a Virtual Town Hall on the IPEC Core Competencies for Inteprofessional Collaborative Practice hosted by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) 

Make sure to register so that you don't miss this important learning experience.

Thursday, 2 September 2021

IPR.Global Scholar Spotlight - Dr. John H. V. Gilbert, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC Canada)

Hello, I am John Gilbert. Throughout my long career I have been passionately interested in the education of health and social care professionals, not only in British Columbia, and Canada, but also globally. I have attempted through my research, teaching, writing and public speaking to embed the concept of interprofessional education as a central tenet of collaborative people-centred practice and care. Like Chaucer’s Clerk of Oxford, “gladly wolde I lerne and gladly teche.”

I was the founding Director of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia and the Principal of the College of Health Disciplines, also at UBC. It is my privilege and pleasure to be a Senior Scholar at the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Dalhousie University, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. I have been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and at the National University of Malaysia. From 2016 2020 it was my great honour to hold the DR. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Interprofessional Education & Practice, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India a program with which I count myself most fortunate to remain connected. 

As Co-Chair of the WHO Study Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice I worked with colleagues around the world to develop a framework for action on those topics – now adopted worldwide, in innumerable education and practice jurisdictions. Our work on IPE, supported by Health Canada, led to my role as founding chair of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative – now one of the members of the confederation – Interprofessional.Global, and its special interest group Interprofessional Research.Global. I have the joy of being accorded many honours of which I am proud - a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada, the degree Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa from Dalhousie University. Together with Dr. Bud Baldwin and Dr Mattie Schmitt I was immensely honoured to be a recipient of the Pioneer Award from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.

My greatest joy, and a source of lasting pleasure, has been the invitations I have received to give talks (and Webinars) on IPE in 24 countries during the past 16 years. My academic background gives me a particular focus on communication between and amongst everyone engaged along the continuum of IPE. I never cease to be incredibly impressed by the ways in which our new discipline is being woven into education and practice in so many different cultures and languages. I have always been so warmly greeted in each country I have visited  on the “business of IPE” and have made amazing friends and colleagues in all those places. Every day I recognize how blessed I am to be in the company of those who, around the world, are working in many new and innovative ways to embed the discipline of IPE in their health and social care education and practice programmes. 

During each season of the year, you may find me pottering in my vegetable garden – amazed, always, that seeds often less than a few millimetres in size, can produce such wonderful food.

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Sunday, 8 August 2021

New Article - Global leadership in IPECP research; an intro to co-creation of best practice guidelines - Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice

This article is based on a workshop presented by IPR.Global and two of its partners, the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) at the Collaborating Across Borders VII (CAB VII) conference in Indiana, USA in October 2019 with a goal of promoting and advancing theory-driven, methodologically rigorous IPECP research.  

Facilitators of the workshop also served as co-authors of the paper: Dr. Hossein Khalili, Dr. Anthony Breitbach, Dr. Gail Jensen, Dr. Sharla King, Dr. Barbara Maxwell, Dr. Devin Nickol, Dr. Andrea Pfeifle and Dr. John Gilbert.


The importance of integrating interprofessional collaboration in both healthcare education and delivery is well documented. Interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) has been identified as a potential route to achieve the ‘quadruple aim’ through enhancing collaboration and teamwork among professionals, patients and families. Over the last decade, the number of articles addressing IPECP within the literature has grown significantly, as has the global IPECP representation. While the quality of IPECP evaluative research studies has improved over the years, there is still much to be achieved. According to the InterprofessionalResearch.Global (IPR.Global) Discussion Paper, “the research agenda for IPECP should elevate the process of enquiry by shifting focus from that of program- or project-specific level interrogation to determining the impact of IPECP.”

The rigorous design, assessment and evaluation of IPECP initiatives are essential in advancing knowledge in the fields of IPECP. In addition, addressing relevant and clearly articulated research questions, that are underpinned by sound theoretical frameworks and models, employing appropriate and well-designed methodologies, and following sound and rigorous data collection and analysis approaches targeted to identifying the contribution of IPECP to achieving the quadruple aim, WHO’s triple billion targets, Universal Health Coverage and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals are critical.

To further this agenda, this paper presents some examples of applied IPECP theoretical frameworks and research methodologies and discusses their potential contributions to achieving identified global research priorities.

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Saturday, 7 August 2021

IPR.Global Scholar Spotlight - Dr. Jill Thistlethwaite, NSW Health and University of Technology (Sydney, Australia)

Hi. I'm Jill Thistlethwaite originally from Manchester in the north of England; now living in Australia 300km north of Sydney.  I work with the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) of NSW Health and am an adjunct professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). I was the editor-in-chief of The Clinical Teacher until December 2020.  One of my passions is writing and I have published books, book chapters and articles on IPE over the last twenty-five years including Values-based interprofessional collaborative practice (2012) and a series of four edited books with Dawn Forman (UK) and Marion Jones (New Zealand) focusing on leadership in IPE with chapters from authors around the globe.  

I trained as a general practitioner (family doctor) in England and worked full-time in a semi-rural practice there for 10 years. My involvement with medical education began in general practice as a GP trainer and postgraduate GP program organiser. In the early 1990s we developed some sessions for GP registrars and practice nurses, which was my 1st experience of IPE. In 1996 I became a senior lecturer in medical education and general practice at Leeds University and was invited by Prof Hugh Barr to become an associate editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care a few years later.  

In partnership with colleagues, I have developed IPE at several universities in the UK and Australia. I was a founder member of AIPPEN (the Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network).   A team I led with academics from Australia, the UK and Canada received an Australian grant in 2012 to develop a teamwork assessment instrument, iTOFT: the individual teamwork and observation feedback tool.   

I am most proud of being a Fulbright senior scholar at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education in Minneapolis in 2014 and being invited to speak at the Institute of Medicine in Washington DC on ‘what is evidence in relation to IPE?’ I have also had the honour to be an invited speaker and facilitator in many countries including Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Malaysia.  

IPR.Global to me is a community of practice of which I have been a member since 2012. We need high quality research and evaluation to explore the impact of IPE and collaborative practice, and what works for whom and in what contexts.  

Find me on Twitter @jthistlethwaite 

I do sometimes homebake pizza and would never add pineapple. 

Interprofessional Research.Global Scholar Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights member research in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.  

Friday, 16 July 2021

IPR.Global Scholar Spotlight - Dr's Inci and Giray Kolcu, Suleyman Demirel University (Turkey)

We, Assist. Prof. Dr. M. İnci Başer Kolcu and Assist. Prof. Dr. Giray Kolcu, are from Turkey,Isparta. We are in the Department of Medical Education and Informatics at Suleyman Demirel University, School of Medicine. Designing curriculum is one of our main roles. By the way, we are in an IPE leadership role at our university. In addition to our doctorate studies in medical education, Dr. Inci is a DDS, specialist in endodontics and Dr. Giray is a MD, specialist in family medicine. The studies about “interprofessional education” has just started in Turkey at the beginning of 2000s. There are a few local examples of practice but unfortunately has not widely applied yet. So our main goal is planning an educational curriculum based on IPE in Suleyman Demirel University and with this purpose Dr. Inci planned a doctoral thesis about the effectiveness of a communication skill program based on IPE. We met with IPR.Global via the doctoral thesis studies of Dr. Inci. 

IPR.Global welcomed us very friendly and we learned a lot from this group. With the Covid-19 pandemic, we joined the IPR.Global events more common. The meetings gave us a different vision and opens our minds. We want to underline that IPR.Global is an environment where the word "interprofessional" is internalized. It is a very fruitful and joyful environment that provides a very rich learning opportunity. As we love learning, we tried to contribute to this beautiful environment as much as we could. We had the opportunity to work with very valuable names in the field and benefit from their experiences. We had some roles in some global researches and proud of ourselves. Currently, we focused on Turkish adaptation studies of scales such as IPAS (Interprofessional Attitudes Scale) and EPIS (Extended Professional Identity Scale). And in our school of medicine, we put the "interprofessional education" approach in the faculties' educational goals and objectives for the first time in undergraduate medical education program. We are working on designing educational programs based on IPE for school of medicine and school of health sciences both. 

We believe that most problems that are thought to be specific to people and institutions or countries in the health and social fields are common problems that everyone faces in the world. Working together to make things better is meaningful, valuable and facilitating. And above all, accompanying and witnessing the emergence of a global response is invaluable. IPR.Global is important because they enable these responses from a scientific point of view and allow co-production. You can contact us in all the fields of Interprofessional education/communication/collaboration/research Contact us: and

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Tuesday, 13 July 2021

IPR.Global Scholar Spotlight - Dr. Angela Cecil, Spalding University (USA)

Hello, I am Dr. Angela Cecil, a life-long native of Kentucky and an experienced academician in occupational therapy, a new researcher with a passion for interprofessional education and collaboration, and a seasoned occupational therapist in adult rehabilitation but with a fast-and-furiously growing interest in community- and population-based practice. 

I have participated in trials-alliance IPE workshops for approximately 5 years with students and faculty from occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology in Louisville, KY. My contributions to this team facilitated an interest in IPE, which became the topic of my dissertation: Applying an ecological perspective to interprofessional education: Attitude changes in students of the tri-alliance

Some of my greatest achievements include: earning my PhD in spring 2021, actively participating in interprofessional organizations, establishing new and life-long relationships with IPE/C influencers, thinkers, and leaders from whom I will learn and will pass on to the generation after me

IPR. Global provides the opportunity to learn from and work with other health and social care professionals for establishing consistency of thought and practice to make marked, measurable, and sustainable differences in the health of humans, animals, and the planet

Just say no to pineapple on pizza! Say yes to extra pizza sauce and cheese!

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Friday, 9 July 2021

IPR.Global Scholar Spotlight - Amanda Garey, Texas Children's Hospital (USA)

My name is Amanda Garey PhD(c), MSN, RN, NPD-BC; I am from League City, Texas. I work in the Texas Medical Center at Texas Children's Hospital as an Accredited Provider Program Director. I have worked in various bedside roles and as a nurse educator in obstetrics and pediatrics. My family drives my passion for my profession and service to my community. 

It is our responsibility as health care professionals to lead with a collaborative mindset to shift the paradigm to team-based healthcare. As a team, health care professionals have the power influence positive outcomes related to staff retention, satisfaction, and patient outcomes. Teams work together to win; it takes each unique position to gain control of the game!

I first got involved in interprofessional education and research when I joined the Houston Area Perinatal Program executive community in 2012 after working in the obstetric field since 2004 as labor and delivery nurse. I began teaching fetal monitoring for the consortium throughout the community while leveraging consortium courses for our perinatal nursing staff. I became passionate about interprofessional education early in my career as an obstetric nurse. I find it exceptionally important for nurses and interprofessional licensed health care providers to learn together in high reliability environments to improve patient outcomes. In particular, nurses and physicians learning the same critical elements as it relates specialized clinical practice during entry to the clinical environment. For example, fetal monitoring interpretation and obtaining specialty certifications.

I am most proud of my current dissertation research around interprofessional collaboration in the context of complex clinical-based health systems. The study's primary objectives are to analyze the current state of team collaboration within an urban-based pediatric clinical practice setting and determine the impact of an educational intervention on the level of team collaboration in three subscales of collaborative practice in an urban pediatric hospital. I also serve as president for the Association for Nursing Professional Development – Houston Affiliate and as a volunteer appraiser with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Primary Accreditation and Joint Accreditation Program.

I am excited to join IPR.Global and look forward to the experiences that lie ahead with networking and collaborative opportunities! IPR.Global represents a growing population of content experts shifting the paradigm to improve collaborative work across the globe and transform staff satisfaction and patient outcomes.  

Interprofessional Research.Global Scholar Spotlight is a regular feature that highlights member research in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.