What does EIPEN stand for?

EIPEN is the European Interprofessional Practice & Education Network. We started in 2007 as an EU-funded project, continued as a de facto organization in 2011, and in 2015 EIPEN has been legally established as a not-for-profit membership society. Our aim is to stimulate and share effective interprofessional training in European higher education, and to improve collaborative practice in health and social care in Europe, in order to help optimize the quality of care and the quality of life of patients. As a network of educational and clinical institutions and of individual professionals we want to influence educational and health care policy in the EU and its member states. We organize biannual conferences, seminars and workshops. We also support collaborative projects of members. EIPEN is currently holding the chair of the World Coordinating Committee supervising the biannual All Together Better Health Conference.

Our history

EIPEN was one of the first interprofessional education networks to be formed. In 2005 a group of universities obtained European funding to set up a network, with transnational meetings and a conference in Krakow (2007). After the funding ceased, some persons from the project group continued the international EIPEN conferences in Oulu (Finland) in 2009, and Ghent (Belgium) in 2011. 
At the 2011 conference in Ghent a consensus was reached to establish EIPEN as a society with a membership formula. Andre Vyt continued his initiative to formalize the new structure in order to maintain the continuity of EIPEN. Institutions from six different countries engaged in establishing the renewed network by entering a paid institutional membership: Artevelde University College (Belgium), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Oulu and University of Applied Sciences in Oulu (Finland), Jagiellonian University of Krakow (Poland), Linköping University (Sweden) and Zuyd University (the Netherlands). Biennial conferences were organized in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2013, and in Nijmegen (Netherlands) in 2015, and now in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2017. 
The renewed EIPEN started in 2013 and was officially transformed into a not-for-profit organisation according to Belgian law in 2015. The institutional memberships doubled during this period and continued to grow. EIPEN now counts more than 20 institutional memberships. 

Governance

Executive Office 2014-2018

Executive Office 2014-2018

Executive Office
EIPEN is governed by a Steering Board, which can be narrowed down to an Executive Office with a very limited number of persons, to allow flexibility and swift decision-making on the basis of policy approved by all active members. The EIPEN Executive Office 2014-2018 is formed by Andre Vyt (Artevelde University College Ghent, Belgium, chair), Tiina Tervaskanto-Maentausta (OAMK University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland, vice-chair) and Majda Pahor (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, vice-chair). 

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The advantages of interprofessional collaboration
Interprofessional teamwork is supposed to demand more time from staff, but when introduced effectively it produces better care, better health outcomes, and also better work atmosphere and job satisfaction. This video shows some evidence-based advantages.
The assets of effective interprofessional teamwork (2' videoclip of AHC)