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Founder of CAIPE

Founder of CAIPE
Dr John Horder CBE 1919- 2012

Accomplished artist and musician, distinguished physician and ardent advocate for the interprofessional cause, John Horder led CAIPE with dedication and determination, through thick and thin, during its formative years as its first Chairman and then President. He remained as committed as ever until his death aged 92 in 2012, unstinting in his support for each succeeding generation, checking and challenging the efficacy and the execution of each new development.  

John pioneered teamwork in primary care as a general practitioner in Kentish Town, which impressed on him the need for interprofessional education to prepare health and social care professions to provide more rounded care for individuals, families and communities. At the same time, he was labouring tirelessly in the UK and Europe to establish general practice as a respected specialty in medicine and the eyes of the public, culminating in his appointment as President of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Retiring from practice, he readily accepted an invitation to chair the newly fledged CAIPE which grew out of a series of seminars at the then Middlesex Polytechnic in north London.  

He was awarded the OBE and later the CBE. Medicine showered him with vice presidencies, presidencies, fellowships and honorary degrees at home and abroad. Friends and admirers in CAIPE were especially delighted when Kingston and Westminster universities awarded him honorary doctorates in recognition of his contribution to interprofessional education and practice.  

Hugh Barr