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NET2019 Conference

Following a successful event in 2018, the leading annual international conference for networking in healthcare education, returns in 2019 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

NET2019 offers a complete conference experience to UK and overseas delegates including: Keynote papers from leading speakers and educators; Presentations on key healthcare themes; Networking time with presenters and delegates; A choice of leading-edge symposia; Specially commissioned workshops; Innovative poster presentations; Accommodation available on site; Conference dinner and entertainment.

Read the NET2018 Conference highlights here.

Date: 3 - 5 September 2019
Venue: Keele University, UK
Who: Healthcare education professionals

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Conference Themes


Themed sessions

Sessions will relate to one of this year's 13 conference themes lists below:

  1. Developing the future healthcare education workforce
  2. Education in clinical practice and practice development
  3. Educational enhancement
  4. E-learning/blended learning
  5. Humanising healthcare education
  6. Inclusivity in healthcare education
  7. Internationalisation and global challenges in healthcare education
  8. Interprofessional learning and working Learning and teaching strategies
  9. Partnership working
  10. Social, economic and policy drivers in healthcare
  11. Student experience and engagement
  12. Using simulation to enhance learning


Poster sessions

There will be a number of oral poster presentation sessions running throughout the conference, sharing knowledge across all of the conference themes.

Guidance on how to prepare an academic poster for NET2019 can be downloaded below:

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Tips and guidance on preparing an academic poster for the NET conference


Keynote Speakers

Helen O’Sullivan

Helen O’Sullivan is Professor of Medical Education and joined Keele University as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) in January 2018. She was previously Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Online Learning at University of Liverpool. As PVC at Keele, she takes strategic leadership for education and is currently interested in the concept of social learning as well as expanding the Keele community through developing flexible, online and transnational education. 

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Jonathan Stephen

Just listening isn't enough anymore – it's time to trust your students – read the full abstract here. 

Jonathan is currently the President of Huddersfield Students’ Union for 2018–19 and was the former Education Officer. His educational background is in psychology, with wider interests in social action, policy development, equality, diversity and inclusion. Jonathan is now planning to further his passion for global development, change and conflict and so is pursuing a postgraduate course in international development.  


Philip Darbyshire

Does healthcare education have a future? – read the full abstract here.

Philip has a background of 45 years’ experience in clinical nursing, education, research, leadership and health service development. He is as keen on creating great nursing and health services and fantastic learning experiences for students as he was at the start of his career. 

Follow Philip on Twitter: @PDarbyshire
Philip’s website with plenty of free resources is at:

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Conference Programme

You can download the draft conference programme below. Please note this programme is a draft and is subject to change.

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NET2019 Conference Programme - Day 1

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NET2019 Conference Programme - Day 2

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NET2019 Conference Programme - Day 3



You can download the draft abstracts below. Please note this programme is a draft and is subject to change.

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NET2019 Poster Sessions

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NET2019 Symposia

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NET2019 is an exceptional opportunity to debate and share research, innovation and the latest developments in healthcare education with a wide range of practitioners, educators, researchers and students from UK and international healthcare professions.

The NET Conference ethos is unique, with highly experienced convenors facilitating presentations and in-depth group discussions in extended themed sessions with presenters and delegates all contributing to the debate, sharing experiences and networking.

We actively encourage student participation in the conference via oral presentations and poster sessions, with student abstracts being eligible for the Andrew McKie Best Student Abstract Award.

Organising Committee

- Dr Liz Clark, previously Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University, and Director of the OU–RCN Strategic Alliance; now retired

- Professor Gary Rolfe, Emeritus Professor, Swansea University

- Dr Celia Brigg, Associate Director Events and Conferences, Advance HE

- Michelle Ellwood, Director of Student Education, University of Leeds

- Dr Heather Ingram, Director of Learning and Teaching, Keele University

- Dr Andrew Melling, Director of Distance and Online Learning, Northumbria University

NET2018 Conference Highlights

Read the NET2018 Conference highlights here.

"Very well organised with a wide range of topics and themes relevant to current practice"

- NET2018 Conference delegate