IPE and collaborative practice: Framework for action
12 January 2023
At a time when the world is facing a shortage of health workers, policy-makers are looking for innovative strategies that can help them develop policy and programs to bolster health workforce. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (2010) explained how a collaborative-ready workforce is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength. In this Café, Dr. Gilbert revisits and summarizes the key features of the WHO’s Framework and outline action items that remain applicable to local health systems. He will highlight the need to adapt policies to fit local challenges and needs.
Professor Emeritus John H.V. Gilbert, C.M., Ph.D., LLD., FCAHS
Dr. John Gilbert has been a seminal leader in the education of health professionals in British Columbia, Canada and internationally. His vision and leadership led to the concept of interprofessional education being developed as a central tenet of collaborative person-centred practice and care.
Dr. John Gilbert is founding Principal & Professor Emeritus, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia. He is a Senior Scholar, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Dalhousie University; Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University. He holds the DR. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Interprofessional Education & Practice, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, and is an Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, Sydney. He is Founding Chair, The Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. He has been an Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh, and at the National University of Malaysia. He was Co-Chair of the WHO Study Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.
He was elected a Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, in 2008. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in April 2012, and in October 2013 received the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to International Allied Health Development Award from the International Chief Health Professions Officers Organization.
Dr. Gilbert was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian award, in July 2011. He received the degree Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa from Dalhousie University in June 2016. He was the recipient of the Pioneer Award, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, USA, 2017 for his ground-breaking work in advancing the field of interprofessional practice and education. He was named Foundation Fellow of Green College, UBC in 2018.