About Us

What is CAIPE?

The Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) was established in 1987 as a membership organisation and UK-based charity, to promote health and wellbeing and to improve the health and social care of the public by advancing interprofessional education (IPE). In 1997 CAIPE defined Interprofessional Education as: “Interprofessional Education is occasions when two or more professions learn together with the object of cultivating collaborative practice.” Further discussed it “enables the participant professions to learn from, with and about one another” (CAIPE Bulletin no 13 1997 p19). The definition was further revised in 2002 with CAIPE defining Interprofessional Education as: “Occasions when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care” (Barr, H. (2002) Interprofessional education-Today, yesterday and tomorrow). 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.

We are a community of committed individuals dedicated to working towards a collaborative future across health and social care and related services.

CAIPE is one of the global leaders in promoting and developing interprofessional education and learning and a member of the World Co-ordinating Committee.  The World Coordinating Committee (WCC) oversees the All Together Better Health (ATBH) conference series and promotes knowledge about interprofessional practice and education worldwide. Following ATBHIX in New Zealand the WCC held a retreat and renamed interprofessional.global- Global Confederation for Interprofessional Practice & Education setting mission statement and working groups to develop the global perspective of IPE/IPCP.

The committee includes representatives from regional networks across the world: Australasia (AIPPEN), Europe (CAIPE and NipNet), Japan (JAIPE and JIPWEN), North America (AIHC and CIHC), and Sub-Saharan Africa (AfriPEN). Information about the committee and criteria for membership is on the WCC website www.atbh.org, through which you may access the regional member networks.

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

We support students, academics, practitioners, researchers and people who use services by sharing information and enabling networking opportunities.


Working collaboratively with others:

We have recently collaborated with  The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care
St Catherine’s College, Oxford in creating a Values-Based Interprofessional Education and Practice Network. Following the 2016 ATBH VIII Oxford conference “Values-Based Education and Practice”, a working group of representatives from CAIPE, Oxford Brookes University and the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice, Oxford University met to explore and develop the link between IPE and VBP. The outcome  an IPE Network providing a framework enabling more effective communication between network members and organisations leading to future research and workshop development. The network is now live, and you can access network details via:


Statement Of Purpose


At CAIPE we……

  • respect and value people who learn together
  • strive for excellence in collaborative practice
  • respect and value people who work together
  • contribute to a vibrant community of practice
  • support innovation, creativity and diversity
  • commit to minimising our impact on the environment
  • work in partnership with our stakeholders
  • empower our membership to bring about change

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

CAIPE (2017) Interprofessional Education Guidelines



At CAIPE we aim to……

  • promote and develop interprofessional education, learning, practice and research through all our members
  • collaborate with like-minded individuals and organisations nationally and globally in interprofessional education, learning, research and practice
  • foster collaborative accountability
  • collaborate with national stakeholders, statutory, professional and regulatory bodies in the promotion and development of interprofessional education, learning, research and practice
  • act as an independent ‘think tank’ to improve collaborative practice and thereby the quality of service provision by the professions learning and working together
  • be a national and international authorative voice on interprofessional education in both academia and the workplace.
  • provide information and advice through national and international activities and publications, corporate forums and workshops.
  • facilitate the development of a workforce fit for purpose
  • make an impact on quality of services