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Research staff profile: introducing...Scott Reeves

Tell us about yourself

I am a social scientist who has been undertaking health professions education and health services research for over 20 years. My main research interests are focused on developing conceptual, empirical and theoretical evidence to enhance interprofessional knowledge in order to inform the design/implementation of interprofessional education/practice activities.

Although I have worked in the UK for the majority of my career, I did spend a decade in North America, initially in Canada at St Michael's Hospital and also the University of Toronto, then in the United States at the University of California in San Francisco.

During my career I have developed many research collaborations with colleagues based in a number of countries, including, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, South Africa, Sweden and Taiwan. In addition to undertaking research, I work as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Interprofessional Care – where with an international editorial board we disseminate interprofessional research.

What is your current research focused on?

I am involved in a number of interprofessional projects. These include: undertaking systematic and scoping reviews of evidence related to interprofessional education and collaboration; establishing a pan-European research network to develop more international interprofessional research activities; exploring the effects of professional role expansion of pharmacists based on primary care settings; developing guidance for the assessment of interprofessional education; producing a textbook for improving collaboration and patient/family centred care in critical care settings; and examining elements related to the cost and value of implementing professional/interprofessional education health/social care contexts.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about developing a better understanding of the complexities of interprofessional education and practice. In doing so, I aim to contribute to the evidence base in two ways: to support educational colleagues in designing effective interprofessional learning experiences; to support clinical colleagues to develop collaborative approaches to help deliver safer care to patients.

How does your research affect people's everyday lives?

Research consistently shows that where different health and social care professionals can coordinate, collaborate and communicate in an effective manner, the care they deliver to patients is a higher quality. When they fail to do this, clinical errors can occur and people can die.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

To move the rhetorical ‘buy-in' about working in an interprofessional manner to a point where it is enacted daily between different health and social care providers to truly improve the safety and quality of care delivered to patients around the globe.

With unlimited research budget, I would…

I would absolutely love to participate in a programme of research, with partners from around the globe; focused on improving the design and delivery of interprofessional curricula and practice-based interprofessional interventions which could support health and social care providers to collaborate together to deliver patient/family centred care in an effective and high quality manner.

What is the best thing about researching at Kingston University?

The collaboration between Kingston University and St George's University of London which forms a unique joint faculty in which colleagues' support, enthusiasm and commitment to improving health and social care is inspiring.

Find out more about Professor Scott Reeves on his staff profile page.

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