Dr Andreas Xyrichis is an academic researcher at King’s College London, having previously held clinical, research and policy posts in London and Brussels. His training has been in nursing, research methodology, health policy and sociology; and he holds a BSc, a MSc and a PhD all from King’s. Andreas’ interests and expertise lie in interprofessional practice, education and research. His research is supported by the National Institute for Health Research and other international funders to investigate interprofessional, team-based practice interventions for patient safety and quality improvement. Andreas is a Trustee and Director of the UK Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) and Editor-in-Chief for the international Journal of Interprofessional Care.
Keynote: Interprofessional health care: not optional.
Interprofessionality has been discussed as a generally favourable perspective to health professional education and practice for some time. Over recent years, however, the international evidence base for its positive impact on service users, health practitioners and provider organisations has reached a state of maturity that can no longer be ignored. Across high-, middle- and lower-income countries challenges arising out of shifting health and illness patterns, the ageing of the population, rise in chronic conditions, multimorbidity and non-communicable diseases demand new models of health professional education and practice centred around service user, rather than professional needs. Combined with a global shortage of health workers, the way health care is currently delivered may be unsustainable in the long run. Yet, interprofessionality is rarely considered explicitly in health policy, service delivery and workforce planning. This talk draws on international research and policy developments to argue that interprofessional health care is quickly becoming a requirement for patient-centred, quality, safe, sustainable and resilient health systems; and is no longer optional.
Jill Maben is Professor of Health Services Research and Nursing at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom. She is a nurse and social scientist and her research focuses on supporting staff to care well. Jill trained as a nurse at Addenbrookes hospital, Cambridge, before leaving to study History at University College London. Jill reconnected with nursing and worked as staff nurses in Melbourne, Australia, before undertaking her MSc and PhD at King’s College London and the University of Southampton. Jill was Deputy Director and Director of the National Nursing Research Unit at Kings College London 2007-2014 and had led several national and international studies. She undertook one of the first studies to demonstrate relationships between staff wellbeing and patient experience at the team and individual level. In 2014 Jill completed the first national evaluation of the impact of 100% single rooms in hospitals on patient and staff experience and care quality outcomes in the UK which is being replicated in Denmark, The Netherlands and Australia. In 2013 Jill was in the Health Services Journal ‘Top 100 leaders’ and was also included on Health Service Journal’s inaugural list of Most Inspirational Women in Healthcare the same year.
René Schwendimann is Chief Patient Safety Officer of the University Hospital Basel, former Director of Education at the Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel (Switzerland) and Consulting Professor in the Duke University School of Nursing, Durham (USA). His role consisted of managing and developing the study program Master of Science in Nursing as well as conducting various research projects in the area of nurse workforce and outcomes, long-term care and patient safety. He has also worked in clinical and managerial positions in acute and long-term care settings. Schwendimann studied psychiatric nursing, nursing management and nursing science in Zurich, Aarau, Maastricht (NL) and Basel. After graduating with a MSc and PhD in Nursing Science he carried postdoctoral studies at the Duke University Health System, USA and based on his research in patient safety, he received the Venia Docendi of the University of Basel
Sally Thorne is Professor at the University of British Columbia, School of Nursing. She studies patient experience in serious and life-limiting conditions such as chronic disease and cancer, most recently focusing on palliative approaches to care delivery across sectors and nurses’ experiences with medical assistance in dying. In addition to advising various professional and policy organizations, she actively fosters nursing scholarship development through her philosophical and methodological activities and in her role as Associate Editor of the journal Qualitative Health Research and Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Inquiry.