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What is CAIPE?

The Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education

Established in 1987, CAIPE is a UK-based charity with international outreach whose members (individuals, service users, students and corporate organisations) work together to promote and develop the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities through interprofessional education, collaborative practice and related research facilitating the development of a workforce fit for purpose.

It is an independent ‘think tank’, accountable and responsible for its actions, dependent on funding from members’ subscriptions and income generation. It aspires to be a national and international authoritative voice respected equally by governments, academia and in the workplace.

CAIPE defines interprofessional education as “occasions when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care (CAIPE 2002).” Extending CAIPE’s definition we recognise interprofessional education as occasions when members or students of two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care and services (Statement of Purpose CAIPE 2016).    Applying that definition, CAIPE works to improve quality in education, practice and the organisation and delivery of services:

  • Working with statutory and independent, professional and regulatory bodies locally, nationally and internationally;
  • Assembling and disseminating information;
  • Running conferences and workshops;
  • Offering consultancies.

CAIPE supports students, educators, practitioners, researchers and users of services inviting those who opt to be its members (individuals, services users, students or corporate organisations) to:

  • Engage in mutual support;
  • Access online interprofessional national and international resources through publications including the Journal of Interprofessional of Care;
  • Contribute to CAIPE’s work through its Working Groups;
  • Respond with CAIPE to opportunities to influence policy and practice;
  • Access funding opportunities.

CAIPE works with likeminded organisations to further these objectives at home and abroad (see). It is one of a growing number of networks confederating in Interprofessional.Global which subscribes to the same ideals worldwide and oversees the biennial All Together Better Health (ATBH) conferences. Interprofessional.Global includes representatives from regional and emerging networks across the world. Regional Networks: Africa (AfriPEN); Australasia (AIPPEN); Canada (CIHC); India (IndIPEN); Japan (JAIPE and JIPWEN); Scandinavia (NipNet); South & Central America and Caribbean (REIP); United Kingdom (CAIPE) and United States of America (AIHC). Emerging Networks: Arabic Speaking Countries; Asia Pacific (APIPECnet) and German Speaking Countries (Do.IP).

CAIPE commends the following values where interprofessional education:

  • Focuses on the needs of individuals, families and communities to improve their quality of care, health outcomes and wellbeing;
  • Applies equal opportunities within and between the professions and all with whom they learn and work;
  • Respects individuality, difference and diversity within and between the professions and all with whom they learn and work;
  • Sustains the identity and expertise of each profession;
  • Promotes parity between professions in the learning environment;
  • Instils interprofessional values and perspectives throughout uniprofessional and multiprofessional learning.

CAIPE (2011) Principles of Interprofessional Education (Barr, H. & Low, H.)

CAIPE honours these ideals by:

  • respecting and valuing all who learn together;
  • striving for excellence in collaborative education and practice;
  • contributing to vibrant communities of practice;
  • furthering innovation, creativity and diversity;
  • empowering its members to bring about change.

CAIPE is working in partnership with:

The Values-Based Interprofessional Education and Practice Network

Established following the 2016 ATBH VIII Oxford conference by a working group of representatives from CAIPE, Oxford Brookes University and the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice, Oxford University.

The Network enables communication between members and organisations leading to future research and workshops.

The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

A not-for-profit educational network that crosses organisational and professional boundaries to bring people together to advance the science, knowledge and adoption of integrated care policy and practice.

CAIPE and IFIC are working together to promote and provide educational opportunities where interprofessional learning and practice can inform the integration of care as agreed.


Click here to download our partnership agreement.