Laura Chalmers
First Name: Laura
Surname: Chalmers
Position: Head of Centre for Collaborative and Interprofessional Practice
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262917

Laura Chalmers is the Head of the Centre for Collaborative and Interprofessional Practice at Robert Gordon University.  A person-centred practitioner with a background in critical care nursing, Laura is committed to collaborative learning and working with stakeholders and service users in collaborative learning.  An educator for many years following a career in intensive care, she focuses on creating learning spaces for students and educators in clinical, classroom and online settings and is interested in immersive, creative approaches to learning and teaching. Working in close collaboration with individuals and groups has been a continuous and consistent thread throughout her career in both health and education and is committed to collaborative practice, interdisciplinary and interprofessional learning and building communities of practice. She is currently working across the university to facilitate interdisciplinary education to enable students to learn with, from and about each other and their graduate roles in addition to supporting staff in finding ways to collaborate effectively.

Laura is the convenor of the Values Based Practice Interprofessional Education and Practice Network at The Collaborating Centre for Values-based practice in Health and Social Care, St.Catherines College, University of Oxford. The aim of the Network is to explore and develop the two-way relationship between IPE (Interprofessional Education and Practice) and VBP (Values-based Practice). She is a member of the CAIPE board and is active in the Learning and Teaching, National Standard development group and the CAIPE international liaison working groups.

Laura is the Clinical Director for Schwartz Rounds @RGU and has introduced and developed the integration of Schwartz Rounds reflective practice across RGU. Leading initiatives to develop collaborative practice Laura has also introduced the Deliberative Practice Network to RGU, bringing together the student voice in everyday problem-solving approach which balances personal, social and clinical factors in order to support effective, justifiable decisions. Critical thinking, wicked problem solving, collaborative practice and a developing soap box culture are at the heart of Laura’s work.


Poster presentations

CHALMERS,L,. 2014. Does student anxiety during clinical simulation (using high-fidelity mannequins) detract from a deep learning experience? Poster presentation - Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare 2014 Conference. Edinburgh

CHALMERS.L., MELDRUM.A. 2018. “Patient Centred- always keep in the mind”. 8th Scottish Medical Education Conference. Edinburgh

MAIR,J., CHALMERS,L. 2019. Critical and creative thinking for collaborative competence and collaborative practice in a Masters in Advancing Nursing Programme: co-production and co-creation: Education over and above the sweet spot. 2nd National NMAHP Education Conference. Edinburgh

CHALMERS,L., BROWN,A. 2019. Interprofessional learning in “the round” – an organic disruptive simulation technique and Point of Kairos. 9th National Scottish Medical Education Conference. Edinburgh

Workshop presentation 

CHALMERS.L., MELDRUM.A. 2018. “Patient Centred- always keep in the mind” Scottish Medical Education Conference. Poster presentation. Edinburgh

CHALMERS,L. 2021. Interprofessional Learning @RGU: Heart and Minds – the marathon and not the sprint! University of Southern Maine, IPE Conference 2021. Maine, USA (Online)

Oral Presentations

CHALMERS,L. 2017. The educational value of a creative pedagogical approach to interprofessional learning using a hearts and minds strategy in first year multi-professional students on their understanding of professional values in health care. September 2017 EIPEN Conference. Interprofessional Practice & Education in Health and Social Care. Lausanne. Switzerland

CHALMERS.L., MELDRUM.A. 2018. Interprofessional learning in practice – an expert team not a team of experts. Scottish Clinical Skills Network Conference. Oral Presentation. Glasgow

CHALMERS,L. 2018. Interprofessional learning in practice – an expert team not a team of experts. 12TH International Conference on Practice Teaching and Field Education in Health and Social Work. Oxford

CHALMERS,L. BROWN,A.  2019. Interprofessional learning in the round – professional conversations to promote learning – an organic disruptive simulation technique. 8th International Clinical Skills Conference. Prato. Italy

CHALMERS,L., McCURRACH,R., MORRISON,S. 2019. Empowering a culture of transdisciplinary working within HMP Prison – Across Multiple sector borders and boundaries. Department of Learning and Teaching Conference, RGU. Aberdeen

BOLGER,J., CHALMERS,L., MITCHELL,D. 2019 Innovation in Social Care: Preparing for the Future. Innovation in Social Care: Preparing for the Future Conference. Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

CHALMERS,L. 2020. Values Based Practice and Interprofessional Education: What next? Values Based Practice Conference 2020. Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice, University of Oxford.

Advanced Study Seminar

CHALMERS L., MERRIMEN. C. 2018. Interprofessional Education, Values Based Practice and Simulation. St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University. Oral presentation and advanced study seminar. Oxford

CHALMERS.L., 2019. The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Opportunities and challenges for values-based practice and Interprofessional Learning. St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University. Oral presentation and advanced study seminar. Oxford

Public Lecture - June 2018

CHALMERS. L. 2018. Hearts and Minds: Interprofessional learning using live drama to explore professional values. Heidelberg University. Public Lecture. Heidelberg, Germany


CHALMERS,L,. ALLAN,K,. GILLESPIE,J. June 2020. Reflections on a new dawning of unconditional positive regard, collaborative practice and grit – redeploying in the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis. Journal of Interprofessional Care

MERRIMAN, C., CHALMERS, L., EWENS, A., FULFORD, B. (KWF)., GRAY, R., HANDA, A. and WESTCOTT, L. [2020]. Values-based interprofessional education: how interprofessional education and values-based practice interrelate and are vehicles for the benefit of patients and health and social care professionals. Journal of Interprofessional Care [online],  Available from: February 2020.

BUCKLEY,S., CHALMERS,L.,McLARNON,N. 2019. A CAIPE project to develop UK national standards for the design, management and delivery of IPE. CAIPE Newsletter – guest editorial  December 2019

CHALMERS,L. 2019. Collaborative Competence – so much more than co-operation. CAIPE Newsletter – guest editorial.  January 2019.

CHALMERS,L., MELDRUM,A. 2018 Simulation based learning in practice with interprofessional students; organic disruptive simulation and golden teachable moments. Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning 16 (1) p81-18.8p