Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice Network



Network Lead: Dr Richard Gray – background in general practice and medical education. Honorary Faculty Fellow University of Brighton, Past President of General Practice and Primary Health Care Section of Royal Society of Medicine and past CAIPE Chair. Richard is also Lead for Values-based Interprofessional Education and Practice in CAIPE.


Dr Ann Ewens – Dean of Health and Social Care, Staffordshire University. Past Head of Department in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. Ann has been a CAIPE member since 1993 she has served 2 terms on the Board of Trustees and is currently the CAIPE Company Secretary. Ann has played a key role in developing the links between VBP and IPE

Professor Ashok Handa – vascular surgeon in Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and Tutor for Surgery; Co-Director of the Collaborating Centre and Lead for the VB Surgical Care programme. Ashok is Co-Director of the Collaborating Centre for VBP and has lead the development of a programme in values-based surgical care.

Dr Liz Westcott – Department Head for Nursing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. She is a member of CAIPE and has served 2 terms on the Board of Trustees. Liz is developing educational and research programmes linking VBP with other aspects of how values (eg economic values) come into IPE.

Background and aims

The aim of the Network is to explore and develop the two-way relationship between IPE (Interprofessional Education and Practice) and VBP (Values-based Practice).

IPE enables two or more professions to learn with, from and about each other to improve collaborative practice and quality of care (CAIPE, 2002). When effective, IPE can promote flexible, coordinated, complementary, patient centred and cost effective collaboration in interprofessional teams within a policy-aware understanding of organisational relationships (CAIPE, 2016). Importantly, IPE works within profession-specific requirements ensuring the identity of each profession.

Values Based Practice (VBP) sits alongside evidence-based practice as a process, based on learnable practice skills, that supports balanced decision-making in practice. This is particularly important when considering complex and conflicting values, such as needs, wishes and preferences

When an interprofessional team works together for some time there is a risk of assuming that team members share the same values. However this assumption or “delusion of sameness” may not be correct. Deep underlying differences, not recognised and made explicit may result in inexplicable disagreements between members resulting in miscommunication and failure to make decisions. If these differences are recognised, acknowledged and taken into account then the delusion can be broken and the differences used as a resource for values based decision-making

A key part of the process of VBP is the effective collaboration of the interprofessional team. In VBP, team members contribute to balanced decision making through a range of different value perspectives as well as from their knowledge and skills. Crucially IPE supports the development  of the mutual awareness and other skills for effective values-based teamwork. Patient stories can be used as an educational process to demonstrate the link between VBP, IPE and collaborative practice.

In exploring and developing the links between IPE and VBP the Network provides a framework to enable effective communication between network members and organisations. This can be used to help network members with future research and workshop development.

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To clarify and develop the two-way links between VBP and IPE and Practice.

To explore methods – for example use of stories – for bringing together VBP and IPE and Practice.

To provide mutual support and opportunities for practical help from representative organisations.

To provide a forum to enable effective communication between network members and organisations with a view to developing research and education.

Working Methods

The objectives will be taken forward by means of regular national workshops, jointly hosted by organisations represented from within the network. These organisations at present include other networks and groups within the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice, St Catherine’s College, Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and The Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education.


The Network is open to all those with an interest in or involvement with values based interprofessional education and practice.This includes but is not limited to educators, researchers, health and social care professionals, patients and  service users.

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Search Terms Identifying the Network:

interprofessional education; multiprofessional education; interdisciplinary education; multidisciplinary education; common learning; collaborative working; values; values based practice.