Integrated and Collaborative Working and Learning

Integrated and Collaborative Working and Learning Research Group

The Integrated and Collaborative Working and Learning Research Group has been established with the aim of advancing knowledge of interprofessional and integrated working in health and social care.

By building on the diverse collective expertise of the group’s members, outputs will range from the conceptual and theoretical to the empirical and practical, exploring professional collaboration with a truly multidisciplinary focus.

The group’s respective contributions are productively varied in approach, encompassing review work, case studies, curriculum design, evidenced based practice, realist evaluations and many others. In addition to having attracted significant funding in recent years alone, the interests and unique knowledge of the group’s members presents considerable opportunity for further, high quality and far reaching research development.


Lead: Rick Hood, Associate Professor, FHSCE

Coordinator: Simon Fletcher, Post-doctoral researcher, CHSCR


Post-Graduate Students:

  • Sherryn Evans, PhD Student, PhD student, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Australia
  • Ellen Paladini-Stone
  • Rachel Toyonaga, Master Student, Advanced Nursing Program, Western University, Canada

Current Projects
  • Identifying and understanding the link between system conditions and welfare inequalities in children’s social care services
  • Pharmacy Roles Project
  • Patient safety: Policy representation and practical translation
  • Interactions in an Intensive Care context
  • The effectiveness of interventions to promote patients and families’ involvement in adult intensive care settings: a mixed-method systematic review
  • Expanding postgraduate clinical research capacity: An exploration of key resistances
  • Representations of interprofessional education, practice and research in five Northern European institutions: A documentary analysis
  • Theories of Power: An Interprofessional Editorial
  • Interprofessional, Digital Health Care (digital health) interventions for Chronic Disease Management
  • Investigating online interprofessional learning and communication using social network analysis
  • Self management in stroke rehabilitation – A Foucauldian analysis
Selected Projects and Grants
  • Breitbach A, Reeves S, Fletcher S, Utilizing Sport to Study and Improve Global Interprofessional Collaborative Health Care. Beaumont Faculty Development Fund, St Louis University $4,500, 2016
  • Costa D, Iwashyna T, Manojlovich M, Balas M, Owen-Smith J, Reeves S, The role of interprofessional teamwork in complex care delivery. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, USA. $784,280 (2016-2021)
  • Drennan VM, Brearley S, de Lusignan S, Gabe J, Gage H, Grant R, Halter M, Investigating the contribution of physician associates (PAs) to secondary care in England: a mixed methods study. NIHR Health Service Research & Delivery Programme £ 483,779.00 2015-2017
  • Drennan VM, Halter M, Levenson R , Calestani M , Wheeler C, Evaluation of the National Physician Associate Expansion Programme. 2016-2018
  • Drennan VM, Halter M, Wheeler C, Fletcher S, A feasibility study of the impact of the Medical Associate Professions (MAP) Project. Health Education England £49,865 2017 – 2018
  • Drennan VM, Halter M, Gabe J, Gage H, Brearley S, de Lusignan S, Investigating the contribution of physician assistants to primary care in England. NIHR SDO £400,000
  • Fletcher S, Reeves S, Xyrichis A, Davies N, Kitto S, Patient safety: Policy representation and practical translation. Kingston & St George’s, University of London, £3,756 2017
  • Gillespie J, Hood R, Building Capacity to Investigate Interprofessional Child Welfare Expertise. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada, $75,000 2015 – 2017
  • Hood R, Interprofessional expertise in child safeguarding Kingston University and St Georges, University of London, FHSE Small Grant, £4,000 2014 – 2015
  • Peduzzi M, Baptista P, Fracolli L, Mira V, Reeves S, West M, Meireles E, Analysis of teamwork and its relationship with satisfaction of practitioners and users with the quality of care in primary care services in Sao Paulo. Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil. R$197,396 2017-2018
  • Price S, Reeves S, Tomblin-Murphy G. Promoting Interprofessional Collaboration: A Program of Research from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Canada $50,000 2015 – 2017
  • Price S, Reeves S, Matte M, Harman K, Andrews C, Davies H, Bainbridge L, Khalalli H, Almost J. Early interprofessional socialization within the health professions. The Canadian Institutes for Health Research $180,440 2014 – 2017
  • Reeves S, Fletcher S, Team-based online learning for primary care teams: a scoping review. iheed, Ireland €24,978 2015 – 2016
  • Reeves S, Mischo-Kelling M, Tappeiner W, Lochner L, Vittadello F. Interprofessional collaboration within the health professions in South Tyrol, Italy: how do the different professions view and evaluate the current status of interprofessional collaboration. Provincia Autonoma di Dolzano, Italy €272,625 2013 – 2016
  • Reeves S, Interprofessional education: Common language consultation and workshop. Health Education England, North West London, UK £6,300 2015
  • Xyrichis A, Reeves S, Fletcher S, Philippou J, Terblanche M, Brearley S, Purssell E, Rafferty AM, The effectiveness of interventions to promote patients’ and families’ involvement in adult intensive care settings: a systematic review. National Institutes of Health Research. £131,084 2017-2019
  • NIHR RfPB systematic review on the effectiveness of interventions to promote patients’ and families’ involvement in adult intensive care settings (2017 – 2018, £118,975)
  • NIHR study of Home-based health for vulnerable older people (2014 – 2017,  £7,478)
  • NIHR RfPB Test n Treat project (£2,155)
  • Nuffield funded study into children’s social care (2018 – 2020, Nuffield Foundation, £263,652, Identifying and understanding the link between system conditions and welfare inequalities in statutory children’s social care services (PI: Rick Hood) and the
  • Merton SOC study (2017 – 2018 Home Office/London Borough of Merton, £10,000. Evaluation of Merton Serious Organised Crime initiative)
Selected Publications

Breitbach A, Reeves S and Fletcher S (2017) Health care as a team sport? – Studying athletics to improve interprofessional collaboration. SportsDavies N, Fletcher S and Reeves S (2016) Interprofessional education in maternity services: Is there evidence to support policy? Journal of Interprofessional CareDrennan, VM, Calestani, M and Littlejohns, P (2017) South London Community Education Provider Networks: evaluation report. (Project Report) London, U.K.: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. 12 p. ISBN 9780995741300 (Unpublished)Drennan VM, Gabe J, Halter M, de Lusignan S, Levenson R. (2017) Physician associates in primary health care in England: A challenge to professional boundaries? Soc Sci Med.Drennan V, Halter M, Brearley S, Carneiro W, Gabe J, Gage H, et al. (2014) Investigating the contribution of physician assistants to primary care in England: a mixed-methods study. Health Serv Deliv ResDrennan VM, Halter M, Joly L, Gage H, Grant RL, Gabe J, Brearley S, Carneiro W, de Lusignan S (2015) Physician associates and GPs in primary care: a comparison Br J Gen PractEricson A, Lofgren S, Bolinder G, Reeves S, Kitto S and Masiello I (2017) Interprofessional education in a student-led emergency department : a realist evaluation. Journal of Interprofessional CareEvans S, Ward C, and Reeves S (2017) An exploration of teaching presence in online interprofessional education facilitation. Medical Teacher

Fletcher S, Breitbach A and Reeves S (2017) Interprofessional collaboration in sports medicine : findings from a scoping review. Health and Interprofessional Practice

Fletcher S, Whiting C Cheryl, Boaz A and Reeves S (2017) Exploring factors related to the translation of collaborative research learning experiences into clinical practice: opportunities and tensions. Journal of Interprofessional Care

Halter M, Drennan VM, Joly LM, Gabe J, Gage H, de Lusignan S (2017) Patients’ experiences of consultations with physician associates in primary care in England: A qualitative study. Health Expect

Halter M, Wheeler C, Drennan VM, de Lusignan S, Grant R, Gabe J, Gage H, Ennis J, Parle J (2017) Physician associates in England’s hospitals: a survey of medical directors exploring current usage and factors affecting recruitment. Clin Med

Hood R (2015) A socio-technical critique of tiered services: implications for interprofessional care. Journal of Interprofessional Care

Hood R (2012) A critical realist model of complexity for interprofessional working. Journal of Interprofessional Care

Hood R, Gillespie J and Davies J (2016) A conceptual review of interprofessional expertise in child safeguarding. Journal of Interprofessional Care

Hood R, Price J, Sartori D, Maisey D, Johnson J and Clark Z (2017) Collaborating across the threshold : the development of interprofessional expertise in child safeguarding. Journal of Interprofessional Care

Iliffe S, Wilcock J, Drennan V, Goodman C, Griffin M, Knapp M, et al. (2015) Changing practice in dementia care in the community: developing and testing evidence-based interventions, from timely diagnosis to end of life (EVIDEM). Programme Grants Appl Res

Kendall-Gallagher D, Reeves S, Alexanian J and Kitto S (2017) A nursing perspective of interprofessional work in critical care : findings from a secondary analysis. Journal of Critical Care

McLoughlin C, Patel KD, O’Callaghan T and Reeves S, (2017) The use of virtual communities of practice to improve interprofessional collaboration and education : findings from an integrated review. Journal of Interprofessional Care

Patel KD, McLoughlin C, Lygidakis C, Bollinger RC, Reeves, S, (2017) Universal Health Coverage: an urgent need for collaborative learning and technology in primary care. Educ Prim Care.

Pinho D, Parreira C, Queiroz E, Abbad G, Reeves S (2017) Investigating the nature of interprofessional collaboration in primary care across the Western Health Region of Brasilia, Brazil: A study protocol. Journal of Interprofessional Care

Reeves S, Clark E, Lawton S, Ream M and Ross F (2017) Examining the nature of interprofessional interventions designed to promote patient safety : a narrative review. International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Reeves S, Fletcher S, Barr H, Birch I, Boet S, Davies N, McFadyen A, Rivera J and Kitto S (2016) A BEME systematic review of the effects of interprofessional education : BEME Guide No. 39. Medical Teacher

Reeves S, Fletcher S, McLoughlin C, Yim A and Patel KD (2017) Interprofessional online learning for primary health care: findings from a scoping review. BMJ Open

Reeves S, Palaganas J and Zierler B (2017) An updated synthesis of review evidence of interprofessional education. Journal of Allied Health

Reeves S, Pelone F, Harrison R, Goldman, J and Zwarenstein M (2017) Interprofessional collaboration to improve professional practice and healthcare outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Rodrigues Freire Filho J, Viana da Costa M, Cassanho Forster, A and Reeves S, (2017) New national curricula guidelines that support the use of interprofessional education in Brazilian context : an analysis of key documents. Journal of Interprofessional Care

Silvaggi A, Nabhani-Gebara S and Reeves S (2017) Expanding pharmacy roles and the interprofessional experience in primary healthcare : a qualitative study. Journal of Interprofessional Care

Wheeler C, Halter M, Drennan VM., de Lusignan S, Grant R, Gabe J, Gage H, Begg P, Ennis J and Parle J (2017) Physician associates working in secondary care teams in England : interprofessional implications from a national survey. Journal of Interprofessional Care


Simon Fletcher