The CAIPE Board 2021 - 2022


Hugh Barr, MPhil, Ph.D., Hon DSc

A CAIPE member since 1990 initially engaged in joint projects with the University of Nottingham before being appointed to the Council, then serving as its Chair and currently President advising and assisting the Board. His previous career profile was in probation, criminology with the Home Office Research Unit, the voluntary sector of prison aftercare and as an Assistant Director of the then Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW).

He is an Emeritus Editor or the Journal of Interprofessional Care, Past President, the General Practice and Primary Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Emeritus Professor in Interprofessional Education and Honorary Fellow, University of Westminster. He has held visiting chairs in interprofessional education at various times during the past 25 years at the following universities: Curtin (Australia), Kings College London, Kingston with St George’s London, Nottingham, Otago (New Zealand), Suffolk and Tokyo Metropolitan (Japan) offering longstanding support for faculty development in the Nordic countries especially Finland with Oulu University of Applied Sciences.




Dr Angela Lennox CBE DL FRCP MRCGP and Professor Elizabeth Anderson







Pat Bluteau MA, BA(Hons), RMN, PGCert Research & Evaluation, Cert Ed, Dip Counselling. FHEA, MBACP

Pat is an Associate Head of School – Quality & Accreditation in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, at Coventry University. She joined the CAIPE Board in 2013 and was appointed Treasurer in 2017. Pat has been actively involving in leading IPE at Coventry University since 2002. During her time with CAIPE Pat has served on the following CAIPE groups: Student, Service User & Carer, Marketing & Promotion, and is currently active in the IPE national standards.

Her IPE research interests concentrate on the challenges and opportunities of designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating interprofessional education in pre-registration health and social care professional courses, online interprofessional education, digital resilience, practice based interprofessional activity and discourse analysis.




Laura Chalmers   RGN  RNT  BA   MSc.  FHEA  PG Cert.

Laura is the academic lead for Interprofessional Learning (IPL) at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Laura worked extensively in intensive care as a nurse then as an educator and specialised in secondary transport of the critically ill.

Laura leads a team of dedicated academic colleagues including those from the medical school at University of Aberdeen. Students from 10 and soon to be 14 professions come together throughout their undergraduate programme and learn through innovative simulation programmes in practice, low fidelity case based workshops, team working and shared modules. Laura is leading the wider integration of IPL in Aberdeen with a shared goal of preparing collaborative ready graduates. Laura is driven to fully integrate overt and measurable interprofessional learning at RGU.

Laura has presented at several national and international conferences on a `Hearts and Minds` approach to IPL and on disruptive simulation techniques for IPL in practice. Her research interests include immersive simulation, values based practice and emotional intelligence/resilience in health and social care.


Dr Nichola McLarnon. BMedSc(Hons) PgC PhD MChS FHEA FCPodMed FFPM RCPS (Glas)

Associate Dean Learning Teaching & Quality, Glasgow Caledonian University.  Nichola has worked at Glasgow Caledonian University for a number of years and her current roles are that of Associate Dean Learning Teaching and Quality for the School of Health and Life Sciences and Strategic Lead for Interprofessional Education.  Nichola has been involved in the development and delivery of interprofessional education (IPE) within the University for the past 10+ years.  Nichola successfully led the review and reapproval of the School’s IPE Framework (approved in 2014) encompassing all of the allied health, nursing and social work programmes - which received a number of commendations for its distinctiveness and innovation from both regulatory and professional bodies. Additionally, Nichola has been integrally involved in the delivery and assessment of interprofessional education at GCU, having successfully led interprofessional modules, delivered to 1000+ students per year, across two institutions, 16 disciplines and by 20+ facilitators per trimester.  Nichola has acted as an External Examiner for and has successful supervised/ is supervising a number of ProfDs/ PhDs in the area of interprofessional education.  As an institution, GCU hold CAIPE corporate membership, for which Nichola is the named IPE Champion/ contact.

Having been instrumental in the leadership/delivery of IPE within the University she has presented at a number of national and international conferences, including All Together Better Health conferences in Japan 2012 and Pittsburgh 2014 and network meetings, sharing good practice and innovative pedagogical approaches to IPE.  Nichola was a member of the development team for the inaugural Scottish Health and Social Care Team Challenge (SHSCTC) in 2014, successful co-led the second SHSCTC at Glasgow Caledonian University in April 2016.

As a CAIPE Board member Nichola is engaged in the CAIPE Workshops and Consultancy;  and Scotland Representation.


Emma Smith

Emma is an ex service user and currently out of practise speech and language therapist- SLT. Emma became a service user following an RTA in 2002 close to SLT degree completion. Her recovery from significant injuries utalised a plethora of professionals and interprofessional working.

Emma has a passion for IPE working and has been actively involved with the development of it as a service user representative, with Leicester and De Montfort Universities medical, health and social schools since 2008. Developing use and understanding of IPE with current and future professionals. She is an ambassador for the University of Leicester’s medical patient Carer Group.

Emma feels the service user is key and an essential part of the team. Emma has worked with CAIPE at presentations and workshops, and through online conversations. She was a co-opted service user representative member on the board of CAIPE in 2016, and a board member since 2018.


Dr Andreas Xyrichis 

Andreas Xyrichis is the Editor-in-Chief of the international Journal of Interprofessional Care – the most influential academic journal in the field of interprofessional science, ranked in the top quartile of Thomson-Reuters impact factor list of Health Policy & Services journals. He is currently based at King’s College London, England, having previously held clinical, research and policy posts in London and Brussels. His training has been in nursing, research methodology, health policy and sociology; and he holds a BSc, a MSc and a PhD, all from King’s College London.


Juan-Jose Beunza, MD, PhD, SM1, MMed

Medical doctor especialized in Internal Medicine and in Tropical Medicine, with a PhD in Cardiovascular and Nutrition Epidemiology (SM1 at Harvard T.S. Chang School of Public Health). Special interest on machine learning, artificial intelligence and Rstats applied to health.

Currently Full Professor of Public Health and Interprofessional Education at the School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid. Founder, and currently co-director, of the IPE Program of the same School. Visiting professor of the Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and of the Universidad Internacional de Cataluña (Barcelona, Spain).

Member of the Board of Directors of CAIPE and part of the international group.

Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Member of the IMPULS research team.

Close collaborator with PAHO/WHO and the Ministry of Health of Brazil in the design and implementation of IPE in Latin America. Currently involved in the development of the national plans of: Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Colombia.

60+ publications indexed in Pubmed. H-index: 19. Editor of the “Manual of IPE for health”, Elsevier, Madrid, 2018. ISBN: 978-84-9113-296-7. Author of “Working with aliens: emotions management on IPE”. Ilusbooks, Madrid, 2016. ISBN: 978-84-1657-430-8.


Sharon Buckley MSC PhD PGCE SFHEA DipSciComm National Teaching Fellow Senior Lecturer in Medical Education University of Birmingham

A microbiologist by background, Sharon is an experienced educator with a strong record in expanding IPE opportunities. She has worked with Birmingham students to establish the Knowledge and Skills Exchange IPE Society and led the Health Care Team Challenge (West Midlands) 2015, the first such to be held in England. In 2012, Sharon 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 member of the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) collaboration editorial committee and has published aspects of her work including a BEME review of the integration of tools for structured team communication into health professions curricula. She is principal investigator for a national evaluation of the National School of Healthcare Science Scientist Training Programme, focussing on issues of professional identity, career progression and integration into the healthcare workforce; and is working with the Health Education England to establish evaluation of their Genomics Education Programme .

The Higher Education Academy awarded Sharon a National Teaching Fellowship (2010). This year, the University of Birmingham has invited Sharon to become a Fellow of the University’s new Higher Education Futures institute, which works to develop innovative and effective university teaching and learning.


Linda Eyre BSc (Hons), AKC, RN, GPN

Registered Adult Nurse specialised in General Practice.  Trainee Advance Nurse Practitioner.

Currently a full time Masters in Clinical Research(MRes) student at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London. Completing September 2018.

CAIPE member since 2014; CAIPE Student Board member since 2016.

Member of the Board of Directors of CAIPE and part of the promotions and editorial group since 2017

Member of the editorial board and Editorial Fellow of the Journal of Interprofessional Care since 2017

2017 John Horder award recipient

Linda has also worked with CAIPE as a keynote speaker, giving presentations and workshops and local and national Interprofessional conferences and events.


Chris Sanders 

A GP partner and educator at the University of Leicester medical school, I have in more recent years been involved in the Health Enhancement Programme (HEP) for medical students. Essentially a mindfulness based lifestyle programme, teaching this module has required me to understand the evidence and practice behind mindfulness as applied to medicine. I am also acutely aware on a day to day basis of the pressure of practicing medicine in the current climate in the UK, and the value of having strategies to use to mitigate this. I have a keen interest in Inter professional education (IPE), holistic healthcare and sustainable living. My most important job, however, is being a father to two children. I enjoy cycling and the occasional triathlon too.


Melissa Owens

Melissa Owens is an Associate Professor at the University of Bradford and is a Registered Nurse: learning disabilities by background. Melissa is a Board Member of CAIPE and is currently the co-lead for the CAIPE Research Group. Melissa Is the Lead for Interprofessional Education in her Faculty and has an active interest in IPE-related research.


Amira Chaudhry



Emma Pope



Suzy Plows



Vikki Park PhD., PG Dip., PG Cert., BSc (Hons), FHEA, HEA Mentor, RN, RNT.

Vikki is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Northumbria University, UK. She has clinical expertise within adult critical care and has experience within Further Education and Higher Education. Prior to joining Northumbria University in 2011, Vikki was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Academic Practice Development and Professional Learning, gained status as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and became an NMC Registered Nurse Teacher.

Vikki is passionate about interprofessional collaboration, learning and education, and her PhD was a focused ethnography which explored interprofessional learning within adult critical care. In her current role she has leadership responsibility for IPE across a suite of undergraduate health and social care programmes. Vikki is a member of the CAIPE Research Working Subgroup and is a Communication Taskforce member of IPR.Global.

Vikki’s research interests focus upon interprofessional learning, specifically within the clinical environment of critical care and in relation to the continual professional development of healthcare practitioners. Principal areas of scholarly interest include simulation-based education, patient safety, human factors, communication, interpersonal skills, and clinical skills development.


Alison Power RM, SFHEA, MProfPrac, MSc, PGCTHE, PGCPE

Alison is an Associate Professor in Learning and Teaching at the University of Northampton and is a Registered Midwife.   She has a keen interest in Interprofessional Education (IPE), and as Faculty Lead co-ordinates the IPE ‘collaborative curriculum’ for 16 programmes across the Faculty of Health, Education and Society.  She is a Board Member of CAIPE and currently co-leads the Faculty Experience Research Subgroup.