2023 Pioneer Award

The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education is pleased to announce the 2023 recipient of the Nexus Pioneer Award to the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE), under the leadership of Hugh Barr, MPhil, PhD, Hon DSc. 

CAIPE, with a more than thirty-year history as the leading organization in the United Kingdom for interprofessional education and collaborative practice, has been an extraordinary pioneer. Among CAIPE’s countless contributions includes the landmark work in 1997 to define interprofessional education as: occasions when two or more professions learn together with the objective of cultivating collaborative practice (CAIPE Bulletin Nos 13 1997) and further refined that definition in 2002 to: occasions when two or more professions learn with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care (Barr 2002). CAIPE’s work represents a decades-long commitment and investment in scholarship, education, and practice, not only in the United Kingdom, but across the globe. 

Hugh Barr has been a member of CAIPE since 1990 and serves as its president. He is an Emeritus Editor of the Journal of Interprofessional Care, Past President, the General Practice and Primary Care Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Emeritus Professor in Interprofessional Education and Honorary Fellow, University of Westminster. 

To learn more about CAIPE, visit their website here.

In 2016, the National Center established a special recognition, named the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Pioneer Award, to recognize interprofessional practice and education pioneers for the foundational role that they have played in advancing the field. This prestigious award is given at the discretion of the National Center leadership and is reserved for those who have made significant contributions that have forever shaped and advanced the field of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Those who work in interprofessional practice and education owe a debt of gratitude for the pioneers’ courageous vision and action to make a difference in quality health care by supporting teams of learners in many environments.

To view previous awardees, visit here.