The Centre for Excellence in Interprofessional Education (CEIPE) is one of three Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Queen’s. The aim of CEIPE is to develop research-informed opportunities for healthcare students to learn together. Through learning together it is expected that students will understand more about the healthcare professionals they will work with in future. The main focus of the interprofessional programmes is to enhance students’ team work and communication skills, promote collaborative practice and ultimately to improve patient care.
The CEIPE team includes students and staff from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, and Pharmacy who work together to identify and develop areas of the curriculum that will benefit from such an interprofessional approach.
Interprofessional Education (IPE) is primarily designed for healthcare students, who will in future be working together as members of a team and need to acquire the skills to do this. However, there are a variety of other academic disciplines that can benefit from such an approach as having the skills to work effectively in a team is high on the employability agenda.
To date, as well as developing projects in the healthcare disciplines, CEIPE has also worked with colleagues in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, the School of Law, the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and the Centre for Excellence in Creative and Performing Arts.