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NET2022 Conference

NET is the leading, international conference for networking in healthcare education. Over the years, NET’s networking opportunities have spawned both national and international collaborations in research and education developments.

After two years of disruption and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the 2022 conference focused on two main themes, belonging and wellbeing, and aimed to bring together delegates and presenters from a wide range of healthcare professions to re-establish identity, re-build networks, and recreate a sense of belonging to the healthcare community, both among staff and students.

NET2022 offered delegates an intimate and immersive conference experience as an in-person, two-day residential event, and, building on lessons learned from virtual delivery, provided remote attendance for delegates and presenters via a fully interactive hybrid day on 7 September. 

While retaining a strong focus on Nursing professions, NET2022 included sessions from more than 20 different healthcare professions, allowing delegates to learn from evidence-based good practice from outside of their chosen discipline. Our networking opportunities allowed delegates to strengthen their interdisciplinary communities and regain a sense of belonging.

Join the conversation at #NETConf22

Booking information for NET2023 will be released in due course.

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Keynote speakers

Day 1 - 6 September 2022

Professor Bridgette Bewick

Professor in Psychological health, wellbeing, and education
University of Leeds
Professor Bridgette Bewick
Bridgette is a University of Leeds Professor who has advanced our understanding of how to integrate sense of belonging and wellbeing into university curricula and culture. As the founder of ‘Compassionate Curriculum Conversations’ she’s facilitated a safe space for staff and students to come together and engage in honest and authentic discussion around creating a compassionate and inclusive university experience. Her international career has focussed on placing mental health and wellbeing at the heart of the university experience.

Day 2 - 7 September 2022

Susan van Schalkwyk

Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education
Stellenbosch University
Susan van Schalkwyk
Susan van Schalkwyk, M Phil, PhD., is Professor in Health Professions Education and Director of the Centre for Health Professions Education in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Day 1 workshop panellists

Allyship and creating a sense of belonging

Kalimah Ibrahiim

Occupational Therapist, Senior Lecturer, Admissions Lead and Course Leader for the BSc Occupational Therapy course at the University of East London
University of East London
Kalimah Ibrahiim
Kalimah is an Occupational Therapist, Senior Lecturer, Admissions Lead and Course Leader for the BSc Occupational Therapy course at the University of East London. In clinical practice, she has worked in various clinical areas within the NHS, Social Care and prisons.

Kalimah is a doctorate student in Public Health with interests in health justice, health and social care policy, workforce, student placement experiences, decolonising the occupational therapy curriculum and prisons.
She was elected as Council Member for England and Chair of the England Board at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists/ British Association of Occupational Therapists in 2021.

Professor Jason Arday

Professor of Sociology of Education
University of Glasgow
Jason Arday
Jason Arday is Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Glasgow, School of Education, College of Social Sciences. Previously, Professor Arday was Associate Professor in Sociology at Durham University in the Department of Sociology and the Deputy Executive Dean for People and Culture in the Faculty of Social Science and Health.

Dr Dave S.P. Thomas (SFHEA)

Associate Professor
Solent University
Dave Thomas
Dr Dave S.P. Thomas is an Associate Professor at Solent University, Southampton. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), with over two decades of experience in leadership, management, teaching and research in the educational sector as well as private and public sector organisations globally.

Day 2 Panel

Student belonging

Ajirioghene Akpoviri

University of Central Lancashire
Ajirioghene Akpoviri
I am by education, personality, and interest a healthy living enthusiast and an empathic caregiver keen to help people become fitter and healthier. I hold a BSc (Hons.) degree in Human Physiology from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. And an MSc. in Sports Science (Strength and conditioning) from Coventry University, England. I am currently a student at the university of central Lancashire, training to become an adult nurse.

Janice Tsz-Huen Lau

Masters Student
University of Warwick
Janice Tsz-Huen Lau
Janice Tsz-Huen Lau is finishing her master’s in Public Health at the University of Warwick.
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Probably THE most friendly and supportive conference environment for first-time presenters

We all have to start somewhere and NET is probably THE most friendly and supportive conference environment for first-time presenters. It’s a great launch pad with constructive feedback offered if requested. NET has launched the academic careers of many healthcare educators since 1990. An excellent place to dip your toes in the water – if you’re still unsure, perhaps consider a poster presentation or a poster+ presentation first of all.

Liz Clark, NET Conference co-founder and Chair of the NET Organising Committee.

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NET Conference 2022 Day 1 Abstracts

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Highlights from NET Conference 2019

In this video previous NET Conference delegates share their experiences of the leading, international conference for networking in healthcare education. 

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Conference themes

NET2022 addressed all areas of healthcare education across all healthcare professions. The conference focused on the following themes:

Learning, teaching and assessment strategies

Including the sub-themes of Evidence-based learning, teaching and assessment; Interprofessional learning and working; Education in clinical practice and practice development; and Technology-enhanced learning.

Rapid changes in technology are transforming every aspect of the way we live and work. How are you using technology to enhance students’ learning? What do we know about its effectiveness in education and service development, and its impact on the student experience?

This broad theme covers aspects of learning and teaching within a curriculum life cycle including initiatives around curriculum design, new approaches in teaching and learning methods or tools, feedback on existing or new approaches to assessment and feedback and evaluation methods. The latest ideas and practices will be shared and discussed, including any obstacles and challenges encountered and how these barriers have been tackled.

Educational enhancement

Including the sub-themes of Humanising healthcare education; Assessing the impact of pre- and post-registration learning on clinical practice; and Partnership working.

With continual change in both education and healthcare practice, we’re all expected to innovate and generate new ideas. This theme provides an excellent opportunity to share initiatives with colleagues that have been designed to enhance any aspect of healthcare education practice, and which have subsequently been implemented and evaluated. Learning from each other in this manner is a brilliant way of exploring and promoting best practice.

We will also look to promote and enhance safe and effective clinical practice. This includes covering initiatives involving clinical staff, University-based staff working with both students and clinical staff, and student-focused activities which support learning and education.

Student experience, engagement and achievement

Including the sub-themes of Inclusivity in healthcare education; Widening participation; Student support and wellbeing; and Retention and success in healthcare education.

The scope for this theme is wide-ranging. We will endeavour to discuss student retention, co-production, joint working between educational and student communities, new and interesting approaches to engaging with the student community to enrich and value the student experience, and much more.

Key challenges in healthcare education

Including the sub-themes of Global challenges in healthcare education; Developing the future healthcare education workforce; and Social, economic and policy drivers in healthcare education.

The Coronavirus outbreak is a global challenge that demonstrates that healthcare provision is not bound by international borders. This theme provides an opportunity to share how to internationalise your curriculum, how to ensure global knowledge exchange occurs and give examples of innovative programmes developed for non-domicile students. You will have the opportunity to learn from each other in a supportive environment, to highlight any pitfalls and share your successes.
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Previous presenter and delegate feedback 

Presenter at NET2019

Being able to explain your research to others not necessarily in your field but passionate about education was invaluable. Sometimes having someone "from the outside" ask questions can make you look at your work in a whole new light. Really well organised and an incredibly supportive and uplifting atmosphere.

Louise Burton, Senior Lecturer Radiography, Sheffield Hallam University.

Presenter at NET2021

I love the interaction you have with other healthcare professions. A fantastic learning opportunity and certainly one to attend to grow your network!

Naomi Shiner, Senior Lecturer, Department of Radiography, University of Derby.

As a student, it was a really great platform and opportunity to share my work with and alongside professionals, and I felt very welcomed and that my work was valued. I would recommend the conference to students as a great learning and networking opportunity.

Ruth Laws, Student Occupational Therapist, University of East Anglia.

The decision to attend my first NET conference two years ago was one of the best I have made - I was delighted to find a supportive, welcoming atmosphere, and a programme that informed and inspired. I also made connections with people who I have had the pleasure of working with further, and who have become valued colleagues and friends. NET provides a focussed opportunity to share practice and make these connections - I very much look forward to my next attendance.

Sarah-Jane Ketterer,  Lecturer and Director of Studies - Radiotherapy, University of Liverpool.

The NET conference is an opportunity for those involved in education in healthcare across the world to come together to share good practice and network. I have presented at and attended the conference a number of times and have found it to be a very valuable experience. This conference
is particularly welcoming for student presentations. Two of my students have had successful abstract submissions enabling them to present their dissertation findings, which has been a brilliant experience for them.

Dr Lisa Taylor, Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health Sciences and Associate Dean for Employability for the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. University of East Anglia.

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