A Friend Remembered
Scott’s path first crossed with mine during the mid-nineties exploring with colleagues ways to combine interprofessional endeavours at City and Westminster universities. One preoccupation became all consuming: how to endorse claims being made for IPE with evidence. Keynote speakers at ATBHI clarified the issues. Scott was amongst the first to recognise the need for more sustained and more systematic investigation if answers were to be found. Supported by fellow members of the Joint Evaluation Team (JET), he became the acknowledged interprofessional authority on systematic review methodology.
If that seemed set to be Scott’s hallmark, it was but one methodology amongst many – qualitative and quantitative – in his toolkit from his exacting research apprenticeship at City interlaced with insights and theory from his sociological conviction and training.
Fiona Ross and I had had no hesitation in deciding to whom to pass the baton when the time came for us to stand down as joint editors of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. By then Scott was in Canada where newfound colleagues rallied to support him complementing on-going support arms-length from stalwarts, including many CAIPE colleagues, in the UK. Transatlantic partnership grew global as horizons widened for Scott and his Journal.
His own contributions to the Journal were many, at his best writing with colleagues across the academic disciplines and practice profession. I valued especially his editorials clarifying, coaxing and sometimes cajoling. Scott delivered keynotes and led workshops seemingly everywhere supporting interprofessional researchers. His workload was as prodigious as his publications prolific, neither compromising his standards nor his scholarship, expecting as much of others whom he supervised and supported. Accessible and approachable, he was patient and generous. Growing recognition never detracted from his modesty.
Returning to the UK, he invested the same energy and dedication at Kingston with St George’s University of London where he continued as editor of the Journal, ably supported by his wife Ruth as its editorial administrator. Re-engaging with CAIPE he served briefly on its Board, helping to give shape and direction to its research strategy before being honoured as a CAIPE Fellow.
Scott visited me twice during my recent convalescence, re-invigorating me as I caught his infectious enthusiasm for opportunities old and new, fearing so soon after that they would be cut short by his untimely death. Fear assuaged reading tributes including those that follow from fellow friends and followers dedicated like me to relive his legacy.
As tributes from Scott’s friends and colleagues from around the world come in we invite you to share your tributes and reflections with us below.
Here are the tributes we have received so far.
Kingston University and St George’s, University of London pay tribute to leading researcher Professor Scott Reeves
Kunal Patel makes a moving tribute to Scott on the JIC Blog: http://jicareblog.org/professor-scott-reeves/