Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice Network

Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice Network

Network Lead:

Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice Network

Laura Chalmers

Laura Chalmers is Head of the Centre for Collaborative and Interprofessional Practice at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, UK.  A person-centred practitioner with a background in critical care nursing is committed to collaborative learning and working with stakeholders and service users in Interprofessional Education/Learning.  Laura is a Trustee Board member for CAIPE and is also the lead for Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice for CAIPE. Values based practice is central to Laura’s approach to Interprofessional education, collaborative working and complex problem solving.


Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice Network

Professor Ashok Handa

Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and Director for Teaching in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, Oxford University.

Director of the Collaborating Centre for VBP and has led the development of the programme for values-based surgical care. Ashok is Fellow and Tutor for Graduates at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

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.

Interprofessional Education Handbook

We share our Interprofessional Education (IPE) Handbook and a summary of our evaluation of a pilot introducing the Handbook to practitioners and educators through an interprofessional workshop.  Values and Values Based Practice are integral to IPE, both guiding how practitioners work with patients or clients and defining the ways in which members of different professions work together.  We present the development of the Handbook and workshops and possible uses of the Handbook.

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Past Workshops

The network hosted a third annual Values-Based Interprofessional Education and Practice workshop at St Catherine’s on 9/10/19. The day was entitled “The Fourth Revolution- opportunities and challenges” and was a follow up to the 2018 workshop .

The day and was planned and facilitated by Laura Chalmers, Richard Gray, Ashok Handa, Clair Merriman and Liz Westcott. Ann Ewens and Bill Fulford advised. The purpose of the day was to increase knowledge of and the practical applications of the principles of VBP and IPE and Practice in ensuring humanized care within the changes of technology and AI.

Twenty four participants attended from many parts of the UK. 

  • The timetable from the workshop can be viewed here and the summary report of the evaluation here.
  • For details of other past meetings please Click Here

Other Activities

CAIPE digital stories nominated for 2019 UK Charity Film Awards

Members of the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE) have produced a collection of nine digital stories to be used as an educational and promotional resource for Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice.These digital stories, grounded in  personal experiences, have been used subsequently in educational events and have been found to provide powerful examples of IPE, and collaborative working. The stories have been found to facilitate effective discussion and to be useful in promoting values and the importance of IPE and collaborative working. We are delighted to report that CAIPE  was nominated in the £10,000- £100,000 turnover category for  the 2019 Charity Film Awards which were created to celebrate the success of films in promoting charities. The awards are open to UK registered charities and were used as an opportunity to raise awareness in Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice and to increase views of the stories.

The film can be accessed via the Patient Voices website ( and then using the link to “Stories of Interprofessional Education”. Alternatively, if you are a CAIPE member, the stories can be accessed via Please consider using the stories and circulating this information to relevant colleagues and contacts.


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.

If you are interested in joining the Network please Contact Us

Search Terms Identifying the Network:

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

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WikiVBP Reference Library

The wikiVBP Reference Library aims to provide a focused resource of literature and other materials supporting training, research and policy developments in values-based practice.

Please Click Here to go to the library

Key Areas of Collaboration

Core activities of the Centre are based around three inter-linked areas, Education, Regulation and Integration, together with crosscutting themes of Theory and Practice

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Values-based Surgical Care

Values-based practice in surgery is an innovative approach to decision making in surgery, linking science with people.


To read more please Click Here

Training Materials and Resources

Values Based Interprofessional Education and Practice Network

The CUP Book Series

Cambridge University Press has a VBP book series.

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