Research Working Group


The research group aim to:

  • To enhance CAIPE’s excellent scholarly reputation
  • To capture and disseminate CAIPE’s existing interprofessional scholarship activities
  • To provide a more prominent role for research and evaluation across the CAIPE membership

Through the achievement of these aims, it is anticipated that the group will help advance IPE research/evaluation activities for CAIPE and its membership.

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Meet The Research Working Group


Veronica O’Carroll. PhD, MSc, PGCertHE, BA (Hons), RGN, FHEA

Veronica O'Carroll is a Lecturer and Registered Nurse (Adult) in the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews.  Since 2009, she has been involved in the design and implementation of interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional research in the academic and practice learning environment.  She is a Board Member of the UK Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) and is the co-lead of CAIPE’s research group.


Andreas Xyrichis  BSc, a MSc and a PhD

Andreas Xyrichis is an academic researcher and Senior Lecturer at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s College London. He has held clinical, research and policy posts in London and Brussels; and his training has been in nursing, research methodology, health policy and sociology. He holds a BSc, a MSc and a PhD all from King’s.

Andreas is passionate about interprofessional healthcare practice, education and research. His work is supported by the National Institute for Health Research and investigates interprofessional practice interventions for patient safety and quality improvement, specifically in the clinical setting of the intensive care unit. Andreas has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK since 2013, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care since 2015 and a CAIPE Board Member since 2018.


Angus K McFadyen Previous Vice Chair, Deputy Editor JIC

Statistician. Semi-retired, PT consultant

Research Interests: IPE in general + evaluation; research ethics; rehabilitation and
many other areas of clinical research see website for details.


Dr Maggie Hutchings. PhD, MA, BA, Cert Ed, PG Cert Research Supervision, PFHEA

Maggie is Associate Professor, Head of Education and Professional Practice, Department of Social Sciences and Social Work, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University. She has served one term on the CAIPE Board and appointed Vice Chair in 2017. Maggie serves on the following CAIPE groups: Research Group, Policy & Consultation Group, Routledge Collaborative Practice Publications.

Her IPE research interests are in Practice-based and professional education, interprofessional learning, technology enhanced learning, humanising care and lifeworld-led approaches, critical theory, creative methodologies, narrative research, photo-elicitation, and widening participation.


Professor Jacqueline Leigh

I am a Professor of Nurse Education Practice at the University of Salford and I am an Adult Nurse.

An advocate for inter-professional, evidence- based education, teaching and learning, I have significant experience in developing innovative curricula that meets workforce needs in health and social care. I lead the inter-professional Educational Research and Scholarship Cluster at the University of Salford and work across Greater Manchester creating opportunities for the development of the healthcare workforce around interprofessional supervision and assessment in clinical practice

My expertise in nurse education practice is recognised at the highest level receiving multiple learning and teaching awards including Advance HE Principal Fellow, National Teaching Fellow, Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, and multiple University of Salford Vice Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Awards.

As an Executive Coach I particularly enjoy supporting individuals to learn and develop and reach their full potential. I am an experienced NHS Leadership Academy Healthcare Leadership 360 Feedback Facilitator (individual and group) and I coach and mentor senior healthcare leaders as part of the North West Leadership Academy mentoring scheme.

I have expertise in promoting an ethos for innovative and research informed learning and teaching practice, including co-creating, and leading, Salford Community for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (SCELT). SCELT is a key enabler for Salford’s Academic Career Framework. We are busy organising our annual Scholarship scheme, funding projects that make a real impact upon student engagement and success. SCELT scholars become part of a community, working together to develop teaching and learning practice and academic leadership across the university.


Dr Shobhana Nagraj. BSc(Hons) MBBS MRCS MRCGP MPhil FHEA

Shobi has been actively involved in the Research Group, International Group, and Policy Group. She is a Medical Doctor and previously Lecturer in Medical Education UEA as she is currently undertaking a PhD at Oxford University. Her IPE research interests are Global Health, IPE & Workforce planning, Interprofessional Clinical Skills, Simulation and Human Factors in IPE


Michael P. Sy

Michael P. Sy holds a BS Occupational Therapy degree from the University of the Philippines – Manila (2009). After obtaining his license, he soon worked as a clinician in various clinics in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in Luzon. Although working with clients and the community is professionally and personally fulfilling, he eventually realized that being in the Academe would allow him to maximize his skills to impact Philippine society.

In 2013, he started working as a part-time faculty member at Angeles University Foundation (AUF). In the same year, he was given the opportunity to be a WHO-certified Interprofessional Education Trainer from Gunma University (Japan). He considered this special certification as an obligation more than anything, thus formally co-establishing a pilot interprofessional education and collaboration (IPEC) program in the Philippines which is situated in AUF. 
In 2016, he obtained his Master of Health Professions Education from the UP-NTTCHP and received the Academic Excellence Award for his research on IPEC for rehabilitation professionals. Since then, he has presented about IPEC in various conferences in the Philippines, Asia and Europe alongside with his recent journal, book, and online publications on topics including occupational therapy, occupational science, health professions education, drug addiction and rehabilitation, and IPEC.

As the head of the Scientific Committee for the 1st PHIPEC Conference 2018, Mr. Sy considers himself as one of the champions of IPEC in the Asia-Pacific Region and continues to be so while finishing his Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy from the Tokyo Metropolitan University (Japan) and fulfilling his obligation as an Adjunct Professor in AUF.


Dr. Melissa Owens

Hello, my name is Melissa Owens and I have an active interest in promoting interprofessional education.  I originally trained as a nursing for people with learning disabilities but have been a lecturer in higher education for more than 25 years.  My research interests have mainly focused on interprofessional education but I also have an interest in pedagogy as a whole.  Since June 2020 I have been a member of the CAIPE Board and am co-lead for the CAIPE Research Working Group.


Dr Alla El-Awaisi. MPharm, MRPharmS, MSc, PgCert, PhD Assistant Dean for Student Affairs QU Health Chair of the Interprofessional Education Committee College of Pharmacy Qatar University Doha, Qatar

Dr Alla El-Awaisi received her Master of Pharmacy degree (2001) from Strathclyde University in Glasgow (UK), MSc in Prescribing Science (2009) from the Robert Gordon University (UK) and PhD in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (2017) from the Robert Gordon University (UK) with a thesis entitled: ‘Pharmacy’s Perspectives of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice: An Investigative Study in Qatar & the Middle East.

Prior to moving to Qatar University, she practised pharmacy in various hospital seetings and primary healthcare settings as clinical pharmacist and later on as a specialist clinical pharmacist. Currently, she is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Qatar University Health Chair of the Interprofessional Education Committee and has been instrumental in the leadership and delivery of successful IPE initiatives in Qatar and internationally including leading the First Middle Eastern Conference in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice in December 2015. Her research expertise lies in the area of interprofessional education and collaborative practice, pharmacy education and pharmacy practice.


Marion Huber

Marion began her career as a physiotherapist and complementary medicine practitioner, psychologist and neuroscientist. Her work focuses on the latter roles and she is the deputy head of Interprofessional Learning and Practice at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Switzerland am head of interprofessional research.

Her research interests are methods are mixed-methods; phenomenology; qualitative document and media analysis and complex statistical analysis.


Noreen O’Leary. MSc Clinical Education, PGDip Clinical Education, BSc Speech & Language Therapy

Noreen, a qualified speech and language therapist, is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Allied Health, University of Limerick. Her research relates to practice-based interprofessional education and seeks to reflect the experiences of a range of stakeholders, influenced by principles of Public Patient Involvement. Other research interests include professional identity and socialisation, pedagogical theories and the application of qualitative research methodologies.


Nichola McLarnon

Kathryn Steven