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NETworking & Innovation in Healthcare Education 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.

A new-look NET Conference

Over the past two years, the NET Conference has changed in its delivery style to remain active throughout the pandemic and adapt to the needs of delegates. We constantly seek to improve the delegate experience and trial new ideas, based upon both delegate feedback and internal evaluation of the conference.

For this purpose the themes for this year’s NETworking & Innovation in Healthcare Education are:

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While the NET Conference name remains as a legacy, and many still associate NET with nurse education, the conference now attracts a broad range of allied healthcare professionals. As such, the conference name has been revised to include the emphasis on the broader healthcare sector while emphasising the two most fundamental areas of the conference ethos – networking and innovation. Henceforth, the conference will be known as the NETworking & Innovation in Healthcare Education Conference.

  • The theme for the 2023 conference has been selected as Empowering a successful learning journey.

  • The 2023 conference will be delivered as a full in-person, two-day, immersive experience. Every second year the conference will be delivered virtually using Advance HE’s virtual conference suite.

While the conference’s model of longer theme sessions allows themes to be discussed in great depth, delegate feedback highlighted the need for variety and flexibility within the programme, and a greater distinction between the types of session on offer.

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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Healthcare professionals talking
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Conference themes

Enabling success through recruitment and admissions, learning design and delivery 

This theme will consider how, as educators, we facilitate the journey from the very first engagement with prospective learners. How do we ensure that our recruitment, enrolment and induction processes, and the transition onto a programme of learning, are designed to maximise retention and success for all? Abstracts submitted under this theme could also address enhancements made to the design and delivery of the curriculum, including innovative approaches to teaching and learning in diverse healthcare settings, and how these have impacted on the journey to success.

Enabling success through belonging and learner engagement  

This theme will focus on how we build and embed a genuine sense of belonging and identity throughout the journey of every learner. This is crucial not just in the classroom or online, but also while on placements and learning in the workplace. Learner engagement is so much more than just turning up and being present. We must place learners at the centre of our thinking and plans, in order to ensure an excellent experience throughout their learning journey.

Enabling success through learner support  

This theme will consider how we ensure the journey to learner success continues throughout the period of study, considering the support provided within and outside of the classroom and/or the online environment.

Innovating to develop the future healthcare workforce  

This theme will consider how we prepare pre-registration students for the world of work and ensure they understand the routes to employment available to them, and how we encourage part-time students already in employment to consider their career progression and potential development opportunities.

Conference Programme
Conference Programme
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Day 1 - Abstracts NET 2023

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Day 2 - Abstracts NET 2023

“The NET2022 Conference was a wonderful experience. I attended remotely from Australia and was able to engage in networking, discussions that will advance my research and have the opportunity to learn from other professionals, academics, clinicians and most importantly, students. A wonderful conference and experience, thank you NET2022.”

Lisa Speedie, Charles Sturt University, Nursing Lecturer

Keynote from Professor Jo Clarke

Professor Jo Clarke

Professor Jo Clarke

Internationally acclaimed academic and expert on resilience, Professor Jo Clarke from the Petros organisation will be delivering at this years NET Conference. Jo is a regular speaker and trainer, nationally and internationally, on the subject of individual and organizational resilience and has authored a number of chapters and papers on the subject. Committed to life-long learning, she remains abreast of current research and developments in the area, and with her dedicated team, strives to continually develop evidence-based interventions to promote thriving at work and at life.
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Day 2

Keynote conversation: In conversation around design delivery

Professor Brian Webster-Henderson

Deputy Vice Chancellor
University of Cumbria
Professor Brian Webster-Henderson
Professor Brian Webster-Henderson is the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Cumbria where he holds a strategic portfolio that covers health, science, education, arts, wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusivity as well as research and knowledge exchange. Prior to joining the University of Cumbria in 2018, Brian held a number of senior academic leadership positions in the UK including Edinburgh Napier University, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen and University of Southampton and has been a Professor since 2009.

Melanie Packer

Senior Lecturer
Birmingham City University
Melanie Packer
Melanie Packer qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2006. During her clinical career she worked in Warwickshire and Oxfordshire. Melanie joined Birmingham City University in 2018 and is a Senior Lecturer. She has a strategic overview for the practice placements on the Masters, Undergraduate and Apprenticeship Speech and Language Therapy courses offered at the University and is the current Placement Lead for the Master’s course. Melanie maintains special interests in professional practice, innovation in practice-based learning and the development of a diverse workforce. Melanie is currently completing a professional doctorate focusing upon diversity within her profession.

Panel session Student learner support and belonging

Ajirioghene Akpoviri

University of Central Lancashire
Ajirioghene Akpoviri
Ajirioghene Akpoviri is a passionate advocate for well-being and an empathic caregiver. With an academic background in Human Physiology (BSc Hons.) and Sports Science (MSc), specializing in Strength and Conditioning, she is committed to promoting fitness and health. Additionally, she is a certified trainer for "Make Every Contact Count (MECC)" for Mental Health. Currently, she is pursuing her studies at the University of Central Lancashire to become a qualified adult nurse. All driven by her passion for helping others achieve better health and fitness.

Kirsty Mounsey

University of Leeds
Kirsty Mounsey
Kirsty Mounsey is a final year Diagnostic Radiography student at the University of Leeds. In 2021, during her first year of study she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and wrote a blog to document her journey from been a healthcare student to a patient and back again. Kirsty is keen share her experiences and the lessons she learnt during this time. She is passionate about patient care and how we can share experiences to educate others.

Charlotte Pemberton

University of Warwick
Charlotte Pemberton
Charlotte Pemberton is a penultimate year Medical Student at Warwick University, following a career as a registered Mental Health Nurse (Hons). She trained at Salford University, where her first lecturing opportunities sparked an ongoing passion for teaching and creating accessible education. Charlotte continues to support educational development at Warwick through collaborative initiatives and training WMS staff, with a particular focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice. They also provide student support through Peer Teaching and the WMS Disability Network.

 Who is the conference for

Originally launched as an annual, UK conference for nursing and midwifery educators in 1990, NET has become a well-established, annual event with increasing numbers of global delegates. Over the decades we’ve continued to innovate, welcoming ever-rising numbers of students as presenters and participants, including keynote presentations. We have also seen a steady growth in the number of delegates from a range of healthcare professions, including counselling, dentistry, dietetics, general practice medicine, occupational therapy, oncology, paramedic medicine, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, radiography, radiology, speech and language therapy, and veterinary surgery. These developments continue to enrich conference discussions and debates, and stimulate the cross-fertilisation of ideas, adding invaluable insights, understanding, and learning from each other.

Networking is at the heart of every conference, which provides a supportive, friendly, and engaging environment for all delegates, particularly for new presenters, to ensure that this important rite of passage is a positive and rewarding experience. In the words of recent delegates, NET is:

such an inclusive, collegial and welcoming conference’;

‘a vibrant event with a good buzz about it’

 as a new presenter and first-time delegate, I felt supported and inspired’;

‘there was an air of positivity and joy’. 

Advance HE's NET Conferences provide opportunities for all those involved in healthcare education; a most inclusive and inspiring networking event."

Claire Sutton, University of Bradford, Assistant Professor - Adult Nursing

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Delegate fees

Students can receive a 50% discount on their tickets. Please contact to request the discount code. 

Delegates have the opportunity to access discounted hotel rooms when booking via this booking link.

Ticket type Standard price
1-day ticket £350
2-day ticket £525
Conference dinner £70 plus VAT
Networking dinner £40 plus VAT


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