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Kingston and St George’s academic appointed as adviser to US National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

Kingston University

 

Professor Scott Reeves has been appointed as an advisor to the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, a United States public–private partnership formed to provide national leadership, scholarship, evidence, and coordination to advance interprofessional education and practice. The Center aims to advance the way stakeholders in health work and learn together, leading to the creation of high functioning teams which can improve the experience, outcomes and costs of healthcare.

Professor Reeves has been undertaking health professions education and health services research for over 20 years, with a main focus on developing the evidence base for interprofessional education and practice that bridge the gap between health professions education and health care delivery. His appointment as adviser will enable him to support the Center’s national and international work related to improving the rigor of measuring the impact of interprofessional education and practice activities on students, practitioners, patients and their families.

“Improving the quality of research is crucial to understanding what types of interprofessional intervention can produce effective outcomes for participants,” Professor Reeves said. “This is particularly important knowledge for how we implement interprofessional education and practice activities that can improve the quality and safety of patient care.

“The development of effective health and social care teams in which staff work effectively together will help provide the right care in the right place at the right time, and relieve the overreliance on particular points in current health delivery models, such as A&E departments. The present predicament of the NHS, almost overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, is evidence perhaps of the importance of the development and implementation of IPE and practice in the UK.”

Professor Reeves’ appointment as adviser will enable him to support the centre’s national and international work to improve the rigour of measuring the impact of interprofessional education and practice activities on students, practitioners, patients and their families.