News and media Radboudumc news Nynke Scherpbier-de Haan appointed professor
1 March 2021

Effective March 1, 2021, Nynke Scherpbier-de Haan has been appointed Professor in education for interprofessional and primary-secondary care collaboration at Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc)/Radboud University. She will develop inter- and intraprofessional educational innovations and investigate their effects.

Nynke Scherpbier-de Haan's chair focuses on the collaboration between different healthcare professionals and between primary and secondary care. In order to realize person-centered care, it is important that physicians, allied health professionals, nurses and social work both outside (primary care) and inside (secondary care) the hospital collaborate. As the demand for care increases, there is a risk of fragmentation of care. It is precisely at this point that creating cohesion is important. As a professor, Nynke Scherpbier wants to embed these themes even more in education and training.

Role for nursing homes and primary care health centers

There is growing attention for and research into interprofessional education worldwide. The Department of Primary and Community Care at Radboud university medical center has a long history of research and education in collaboration within healthcare. The goal is to develop and evaluate educational innovations: within primary care in health centers and nursing homes, in the collaboration between primary and secondary care and within the hospital. The aim is for innovation, education and research to reinforce each other.

Head of Primary Care Specialty Training

Nynke Scherpbier (Oegstgeest, 1964) studied medicine in Groningen, specialized as a general practitioner in Amsterdam and owned a general practice in Santpoort-Noord. After moving to the east of the country, she became a teacher at the general practitioner training scheme at Radboud university medical center. She obtained her PhD in 2013 on care for patients with chronic kidney disease at the primary -secondary care interface: digital consultations played a role in this (title dissertation: ‘Optimising chronic kidney disease management in primary care. Is shared care the answer?’. She then became head of the Primary Care Specialty Training Department at the Radboud university medical center, increasingly focusing on training for interprofessional and primary-secondary care collaboration.

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