Centre for Excellence in Interprofessional Education




Innovative health education | Collaborative practice

Interprofessional education and cooperation

Made by students for students. UiT, 2018



About IPEX

IPEX will be located at The Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
IPEX engages students and faculty from 15 health professional programs across five campuses in North Norway in close collaboration with health and welfare care to develop innovative and sustainable IPE.

The visions of the Centre are:

I) to develop health care students’ patient-centred, interprofessional capacities and change agency, in collaboration with and based on the situated and diverse practices across campuses and local health care settings.

II) to play a leading role in the development of IPE for the wider higher education community, nationally and internationally.


We propose a Centre for Excellence in IPE (IPEX) in order to educate students with collaborative capacity that can cope with rapid technological development, increasing complexity of health care and patients’ safety with the ambitions to:

I) Implement a spiral curriculum of IPE for all students
II) Implement R&D-based interprofessional learning promoting
students’ critical thinking, reflexivity and change agency for patient-centered care
III) Establish a new culture of IPE in clinical placements; from university-planned
projects to placement-planned activities as ordinary part of all clinical practice.

The Centre will focus on IPE in Health and Welfare programs through student active learning including on-campus learning, blended learning, simulation and pilots of different IPE-activities in clinical placements
involving different groups of students and patients


Leadership of IPEX




 Function  Background  Work Package  

Bente Norbye

Centre leader Bente Norbye is Professor in health care education. Norbye has over 30 years’ experience with establishing and facilitating a sustainable Decentralized rural nursing program for students living in rural areas. Norbye has also initiated and lead the Research Group for Health Professional Education. Research interests are Interprofessional Education, flexible and blended learning, recruitment of health professionals to rural areas, and facilitating for learning in a life-long perspective. Norbye’s research and network interest reaches across and with UArctic for northern and Arctic education in health care.  WP 1: Leadership and management of IPEX
To facilitate and lead IPEX as a National Center for IPE. This includes leading and undertaking quality assessment and improvements with its people and projects based on results from the evaluation framework.

Rita Jentoft

  Rita Jentoft is Professor in Occupational Therapy at the Department of Health and Care Sciences, with a Master Degree in Health Care Sciences. She has 25 years experiences with establish OT education at UiT the Artic University of Norway and at Bethlehem University in a Palestine culture. Her Educational research interests links towards professional development, flexible learning and interprofessional education rooted in clinical mental health practice. WP2. Interprofessional teaching and learning
To provide overall coordination of the student learning projects in interprofessional placement, simulation and digital learning. This includes identifying the quality indicators for each project as well as student participation, quality assessment, and evaluation of the learning outcomes.


Anita Iversen
Associate Professor

  Anita Iversen is trained as a Biomedical laboratory scientist with a PhD in epidemiology. She has 21 years’ experience in higher education holding various positions including the Vice-Dean’s role for 5 years. Her teaching experience is related to bachelor, master and Ph-D level, including faculty development in teaching and learning. Iversen led the process with establishment of The Centre for Faculty development (2012-2015) and remains the Director of the Centre. Students learning, interprofessional education, tutoring and digital learning are her focus areas in faculty development initiatives, as well as research. She is also involved in several national and international networks. WP3. Interprofessional students as change agents
To create new arenas for students’ R&D by learning to lead and leading to learn in collaboration with researchers. R&D initiatives will be designed to serve as examples of future IPE initiatives for students in IPE and as data sets or resources for future BA, MA and PhD students, and will work as examples of how to involve future students` participation in R&D.

Rannveig Grøm Sæle
Associate Professor

  Rannveig Grøm Sæle is a psychologist with a PhD in Health Sciences, and an associate professor at Department of Psychology. There, she is also vice head, with education as her area of responsibility. She is a member of several national committees related to psychology education. She teaches and supervises at all levels from BA to PhD, but her main focus is on first-year students. Her research interests includes teaching methods, learning processes and student graduation. WP4. The Evaluation framework and development
To evaluate using quantitative and qualitative approaches the overall Center plan and identify enablers and barriers for implementing IPE in order to adjust and improve. The evaluation will provide the basis for ongoing research and it will support capacity for evaluation and change, including all the stakeholders - students, programme leaders, faculty, patients and the health services.

Beate Garcia
Associate Professor

  Beate Garcia is a pharmacist at The Department of Pharmacy working with students learning as well as being involved in research projects. Garcia is teaching pharmacy to students during clinical placements at specialist and community health services, which give the students a unique opportunity for Interprofessional collaboration. Garcia is researching errors in drug administration and drug consumption for patients, how these errors can be amended and ensuring patient safety. WP5. Dissemination and communication activities
IPEX will take a central role in disseminating experiences and knowledge gained through the Centre activities; nationally to Norway’s Higher Education Universities, internationally, through IPE networks and Associate Partners, including the IPE community. IPEX Student Internships will have a special role in disseminating experiences and knowledge in novel ways to the student target group,  using new innovative communication methods. Communication for UiT will be conducted through internal seminars, workshops and educational conferences for students, academic staff and leaders of education programs at all campuses with relevant health care programs.





IPEX will educate students with collaborative capacity involving: role and cultural understanding, interprofessional communication and values, reflexivity and team work skills through different learning activities:


Work Package 2

Establish IPE in autentic situations with real patients in students ordinary clinical practices in order to develop sustainability in IPE. Different groups of students will meet different patients


Establish simulation facilities across campuses in prehospital, in hospitals and in long-term care


Digital learning of teamwork across time and space, through Virtual Reality and H5P in Interactive videos and contents


Work Package 3

Developing a Student Clinic, students Research & Development projects and students Quality Improvement projects in health care.


Work Package 4

Evaluation Framework for Improvement and Impact



Work Package 5