Bio (Lesley Bainbridge)

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Lesley Bainbridge

Lesley Bainbridge


Associate Faculty


Leadership Studies, Business, Environment and Sustainability, Executive Education


Dr. Lesley Bainbridge is a retired associate professor from the Department of Physical Therapy in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Her work over the past decade has focused on interprofessional health education and collaborative practice in the health sector. Bainbridge’s research relates to the pedagogy of interprofessional health education, including links to theory, competencies for collaborative practice and collaborative leadership.


Bainbridge worked clinically as a physical therapist before moving into management and administration in the health sector primarily in the lower mainland of British Columbia. Mid-career, she moved to UBC to serve as head of the Physical Therapy program and then as director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Bainbridge has served in several leadership positions including president of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, director of Interprofessional Education in the Faculty of Medicine and associate principal in the College of Health Disciplines, both at UBC. In retirement Bainbridge continues to work with graduate students, accreditation of education programs and special projects.


Bainbridge holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on interprofessional health education from the Union Institute and University (2009), a Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education from UBC (2000), a Master of Arts in Education from UBC (1995), a Diploma in Health Services Management from the B.C. Institute of Technology (1986), a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation from UBC (1982) and a Diploma in Physiotherapy from the Royal Naval School of Physiotherapy (1974). Bainbridge was recognized numerous times over her career including the Silver Quill Awardfor excellence in a manuscript in knowledge translation by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (2007), Life Membership award from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for leadership and outstanding contributions to the profession over 25 years (2004), and a Killam Teaching Prize from UBC (2003).


1. Bainbridge L, Harris S. (2006). Informed Shared Decision Making – A Model for Physical Therapy Practice. Physiotherapy Canada. 58(1):74-81. *Recipent of the Silver Quill Award for Excellence in Publication (knowledge translation category) by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

2. Charles G, Bainbridge L, Copeman-Stewart K, Tiffin S, Kassan R. (2006). Interprofessional Program of British Columbia. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 20(01):40–50.

3. Hall J, Bainbridge L, Buchan A, Cribb A, Drummond J, Gyles C,  Hicks TP, McWilliam C, Paterson B, Ratner P, Skarakis-Doyle E, Solomon P. (2006). A meeting of minds: interdisciplinary research in the health sciences in Canada. CMAJ. 175(7):763-771. IF=7.1.

4. Kassam R, Albon S, Bainbridge L, Suto M, Collins JB. (2006). Learning by doing: enhancing interprofessional students‟ awareness of informed shared decision making. Journal of Allied Health. 4(4): 1-11.

5. Moran M, Boyce R, O’Neill K, Bainbridge L, Newton C. (2007). The Health Care Team Challenge: Extra-curricula engagement in inter-professional education (IPE). Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal. 8(3): 47–53.

6. Redenbach D, Bainbridge L. (2007). Canadian Physiotherapy Education: The University of British Columbia Example. Physical Therapy Reviews. 12: 92–104.

7. *Herbert CP, Bainbridge L, Bickford J, Baptiste S, Brajtman S, Dryden T, Hall P, Risdon C, Solomon P. (2007). Factors that influence engagement in collaborative practice: how 8 health professionals became advocates. Canadian Family Physician. 53:1318-1325.*This paper has started a train of work on narrative as a way to break down interprofessional barriers and on characteristics of people who choose collaborative contexts in which to work.

8. Charles G, Bainbridge L, Copeman-Stewart K, Kassam R, and Tiffin S. (2008). The impact of an interprofessional rural health care practice education experience on students and communities. Journal of Allied Health. 37: 127 - 131.

9. Wood V, Flavell A, Vanstolk D, Bainbridge L, Nasmith L. (2009). The road to collaboration: Developing an interprofessional competency framework. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 23(6): 621–629.

10. Dharamsi S, Espinoza N, Cramer C, Amin M, Bainbridge L, Poole G. (2010). Nurturing Social Responsibility through Community Service-Learning: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Project. Medical Teacher. 32: 905-911.

11. (A) *Charles G, Bainbridge L, Gilbert J. (2010). The University of British Columbia model of interprofessional education. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 24 (1): 9-18.*This paper has been used widely as a model for IPE and it has been used as the basis for educational and research frameworks to denote the timing and type of IPE that is optimal.

12. Towle A, Bainbridge L, Godolphin W, Katz A,  Kline K, Lown B, Madularu I, Solomon P, Thistlethwaite J. (2010) Active patient involvement in the education of health professionals. Medical Education. 44: 64–74.

13. Bainbridge L, Wood V, Orchard C, Nasmith L. (2010). Interprofessional Collaborative Competencies. Journal of Physical Therapy Education. 24 (1): 6-11.

14. Coutu, M-F., Légaré, F., Durand, M-J., Corbière, M., Stacey, D., Loisel, P., Bainbridge, L. (2011). Fostering shared decision making by occupational therapists and workers involved in accidents resulting in persistent musculoskeletal disorders: A study protocol. Implementation Science. 6:22. Impact Factor: 2.49.

15. Bainbridge, L., Dharamsi, S. & V. Wood (2012). A Parisian Salon Addressing Social Determinants of Health. Medical Education, 46(5), 520.

16. Delva D, Towle A, Doucet S, Nasser S, Bainbridge L, Kerston P. The Health Mentors Program: an approach to teaching interprofessional collaboration, chronic illness and patient-centred care. [Workshop] Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Banff AB, 7-11 May 2011.  Medical Education 2012; 46 (Suppl 1):16.

17. *Suter, E., Lait, J., Mickelson, G., Bainbridge, L., Ateah, C., Ho, K., Harrison, L., Grymonpre, R., Jarvis-Selanger, S., Achilles, S., Deutchlander, S., Nurani, Z. (2012). Can interprofessional collaboration provide health human resources solutions? A knowledge synthesis. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 26: 261–268. *This paper has led to further research in the 4 Western provinces looking at the links between IPE and IPC and health human resource indicators.

18. Mickelson, G., Suter, E., Deutschlander, S., Bainbridge, L., Harrison, L., Grymonpre, R., Hepp, S. (2012). Interprofessional Collaboration as a Health Human Resources Strategy: Moving Forward with a Western Provinces Research Agenda. Health Care Quarterly. *Health Care Quarterly is reviewed by the editorial committee and not a range of external reviewers but it is the journal most read by administrators and executives in the health sector.

19. *Bainbridge L., Wood, V. (2012). The power of prepositions: learning with, from, and about others in the context of interprofessional education. Part 1. Journal of Interprofessional Care. Vol. 26 (6), 452-458. *This paper has been long awaited as the meaning of IPE is described and for the first time, the order of the prepositions is discussed.

20. *Bainbridge L., Wood, V. (2013). Part II – The Power of Prepositions: A Taxonomy for Interprofessional Education. Journal of Interprofessional Care.
 March 2013, Vol. 27(2) ,131-136. *This paper proposes a taxonomy that may help to frame IPE in a consistent way that mirrors the internationally accepted definition.

21. Hean, S., Anderson, E., Bainbridge, L., Clark, P.G. Craddock, D., Doucet, S., Hammick, M., Mpofu, R., O’Halloran, C., Pitt, R., Oandasan, I. (2013). IN-2-THEORY: Interprofessional theory, scholarship and collaboration: A community of practice. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2013; Early Online: 1–3 ISSN 1356-1820 print/ISSN 1469-9567 online DOI: 10.3109/13561820.2012.743979.

22. Wood, V., Eccott, L. & Bainbridge, L. (2013). A Blended Active Learning Pilot: A way to Deliver Interprofessional Pain Management Education. Pharmacy, 1(2), 218-227.

23. Newton, C., Bainbridge, L., Ball, V. (2013). Interprofessional Case Competitions: Can We Capture the Impact on Practice? Journal of Interprofessional Care 27, 67-67.

24. Newton, C., Bainbridge, L., Ball, V.A., Wood, V.I. (2013). Health Care Team Challenges: an international review and research agenda. Journal of Interprofessional Care, Early Online: 1–3.

25. Bainbridge, L; Grossman, S; Dharamsi, S.; Kindiak, R.; Porter, J;, Wood, V. (2013) Engagement Studios: Students and Communities Working to Address the Determinants of Health. Education for Health.

26. Drynan, D., Bainbridge, L., & Ball, V. (2013). Evaluation of an Innovative Interprofessional Student Run Clinic. Journal of InterprofessionaL Care.  27, 10-10.

27. Orchard, C., Bainbridge, L., Schmitt, M. and Casimiro, L. (2013) The CIHC National Competency Framework: Ratification and Development of Measurement for the CIHC National IP Competency Framework. Journal ofIinterprofessional Care , 27,15-16.

28. Wood, V., DePalma, C., Eccott, L., Drynan, D., Ball, V., Newton, C. and Bainbridge, L.  (2013). Developing Learning Objectives Based on the Canadian National Interprofessional Competency Framework. Journal of Interprofessional Care. 27,19-20.

29. Manwale, M., Klein, M., Bainbridge, L. (2014). Improved outcomes for elderly patients who received care on a transitional care unit. Canadian Family Physician. 60 (5) e263-e271 *Recipient of the 2015 Canadian Family Physician Best Original Research Article Award.

30. Roots, R.; Li, L.; Bainbridge, L.; Brown, H. (2014). Rural rehabilitation practice: perspectives of occupational therapists and physical therapists in British Columbia, Canada. Rural and Remote Health.

31. Roots, R., Smith, L., Brown, H., Bainbridge, L., Li, L. (2014) “All those things you never thought”: Perspectives from occupational therapists practicing in rural British Columbia. Occupational Therapy Now, 16 (6), 26-28

32. Newton, C., Bainbridge, L.,Ball, V., Baum, KD., Bontje, P., Boyce, R.A., Moran, M.,  Richardson, B., Tamura, Y., Uden, D., Wagner, S., Wood, V. (2015) The Health Care Team Challenge™: Developing an international interprofessional education research collaboration. Nurse Education Today 35: 4–8.

33. Coutu, M.F., Légaré, F., Durand, M.J., Corbière, M., Stacey, D., Bainbridge, L., Labrecque, M.E. (2015). Operationalizing a shared decision making model for work rehabilitation programs: a consensus process. Journal of occupational rehabilitation25(1),141-152.

34. Coutu, M Roots, R., Smith, L., Brown, H., Bainbridge, L. and Li, L. (2014). “All those things you never thought”: Perspectives from occupational therapists practicing in rural British Columbia. Occupational Therapy Now16(6), pp.26-28.

35. Bainbridge, L. (2014). Interprofessional education in allied health: is this yet another silo? Medical education48(3), pp.229-231.

36. Légaré, F., Stacey, D., Durand, M. J., Corbière, M., Bainbridge, L., Labrecque, M. E. (2015). Occupational therapists’ shared decision-making behaviors with patients having persistent pain in a work rehabilitation context: A cross-sectional study. Patient education and counseling98(7), 864-870.

37. Newton, C., Bainbridge, L., Ball, V., Baum, K. D., Bontje, P., Boyce, R. A., Wagner, S. J. (2015). The Health Care Team Challenge™: Developing an international interprofessional education research collaboration. Nurse education today35(1), 4-8.

38. Hean, S., Doucet, S., Bainbridge, L., Green, C., Ball, V., Anderson, L., Baldwin, C., Pitt, R., Snyman, S., Schmidt, M., Clark, P. (2015). Moving from atheoretical to theoretical approaches to interprofessional client-centred collaborative practice. In: Orchard, Carole and Bainbridge, Lesley, (eds.) Interprofessional Client-Centred Collaborative Practice: What Does it Look Like? How Can it be Achieved? Professions - Training, Education and Demographics . Nova Science Publishers. ISBN 978-1-63483-811-5

39. Bainbridge, L, Regehr G. (2015). Should there be an "I" in team? A new perspective on developing and maintaining collaborative networks in health professional care. In C. Orchard & L. Bainbridge (Eds.). Interprofessional client-centred collaborative practice: What does it look like? How can it be achieved? Nova Science Publishers: New York, NY. Chapter 4, 51-66.

40.  Dean, E., Greig, A., Murphy, S., Roots, R., Nembhard, N., Rankin, A., Bainbridge, L., Anthony, J., Hoens, A.M., Garland, S.J. (2016). Raising the Priority of Lifestyle-Related Noncommunicable Diseases in Physical Therapy Curricula. Physical therapy96(7), 940.

41.  Arain, M., Suter,E., Hepp ,S., Nanayakkara ,S., Harrison, EL. , Mickelson, G., Bainbridge, L. , Grymonpre, RE. (2017). Interprofessional Competency Toolkit for Internationally Educated Health Professionals: Evaluation and Pilot Testing (2017). J Contin Educ Health Prof 37 (3), 173-182.

42. Connell, G., Bainbridge, L. (2020). Understanding how chiropractors build trust with patients: a mixed-methods study. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 64(2), 97.