Richard Pitt, Chair and Jenny Ford, Lead Student and Service User groups represented CAIPE at the 2017 Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is the 6th in a row of the European conferences on interprofessional practice and education. It follows the successful conferences in Krakow (2007), Oulu (2009), Ghent (2011), Ljubljana (2013), and Nijmegen (2015). Switzerland is known to have a high-standard health care, and high- level higher education in health sciences and health care professions. The region of Vaud is a pivotal region for interprofessional research and innovation, stimulated by GEPI, a working group of academics.
We were welcomed by Jacques Chapuis Director of La Source School of Nursing, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland and then Keynote address from Daniel Scheidegger, Chairman of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) ‘IPE as a key factor for future development in medicine and health care’. We were then engaged in a lively Keynote by Phillip Clark, University of Rhode Island (USA) ‘Why values and voices in interprofessional collaboration are important: Understanding how narratives can improve patient- centered teamwork’
The EIPEN conference this year had a total of 100 participants coming from 17 countries within 4 continents (not only 9 European countries represented but from Japan, USA, Philipines, Brazil, Canada, Lebanon, Australia and Singapore). Although the intended audience of EIPEN is mainly Europeans, the conference continues to attract participants from all over the world in order to benchmark IPE developments, best practices, and research from Europe. On the second day there were a total of 22 oral presentations and 15 poster presentations discussing a range of topics such as IPEC training in the classroom, practice settings, and in the community, curriculum development, outcomes-based evaluation of IPEC competences, and many more. Presentations were based on PhD studies, institutional researches, and professional experiences. The final morning saw 8 workshop/round tables and 6 poster presentations
Click below to see the programme.