What is the All-Ireland Interprofessional Healthcare Challenge (AIPEC)?

The best health outcomes for the many and increasing number of people with complex or chronic healthcare needs often depends on effective teamwork and collaboration between various healthcare professionals with different skills and knowledge. Interprofessional education is recognised as a global priority (WHO 2010) and interprofessional teamwork is at the core of the Irish health service initiative Sláintecare. The All-Ireland Interprofessional Healthcare Challenge (AIPEC) is an interdisciplinary case-based learning opportunity for students from across healthcare disciplines. Engagement in the AIPEC prepares students to work in an interprofessional environment, developing skills in communication, teamwork, collaboration and problem solving.

The AIPEC aims to develop this important capability prior to graduation in a way that is transformative, authentic, and fun.


History of the All-Ireland Interprofessional Healthcare Challenge (AIPEC)

Pioneered by academics from the University of British Columbia over 25 years ago, the AIPEC was brought to Australia and developed by an interprofessional team of Queensland academics under the name of HealthFusion. The University of Limerick was the first university in Ireland to host a AIPEC with its pilot event in 2017. Under the leadership of students and staff at the University of Limerick the Irish AIPEC has gone from strength to strength progressing from a UL-only competition Five years ago to a national event with students from NUIG, TCD and UCC competing. 


All-Ireland Interprofessional Healthcare Challenge 2022

The All-Ireland Interprofessional Healthcare Challenge was held on 23rd March, with all seven Universities in Ireland competing for the first time. Students from UL, UCC, UCD, TCD, RCSI, NUIG and QUB all competed in the competition whereby they present an interprofessional approach to managing a patient with a variety of clinical and social needs.

University of Limerick was the only University to hold internal heats, with exceptional Interprofessionalism and teamwork displayed. The project team of Dr Anne Griffin (Dietetics & Human Nutrition), Ms Marie O’Donnell (Physiotherapy) and Ms Sylvia Murphy-Tighe (Nursing & Midwifery), Dr Jennifer McMahon (Psychology), Miriam McCarthy (HSA) and health sciences students – Sarah O’Keeffe, Pei-Yin Liao and Maeve Scanlon, supported the student teams and managed the competition locally.  We were delighted to have Dr Elaine Shanahan, Medical Consultant, Ms Margaret Costello, Mid-West Community Healthcare and Ms Aoife Synnott, Physiotherapy UHL judge the internal heats.

The winning team went on to represent University of Limerick in the national final, which was won by Queens University Belfast. Among the judging panel in the national competition was Ms Joanne Mannion, Patient Advocacy & Liaison Services Manager, UHL.

We are currently undertaking a student feedback survey and look forward to another exciting completion in 2023.

For details about being involved in 2023, please Contact Us