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NET2019 Conference Highlights

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


NET2019 offered 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.


Date: 3 - 5 September 2019

Venue: Keele University, UK

Who: Healthcare education professionals

Conference Themes

Sessions will relate to one of the 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.

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Keynote Speakers


Helen O’Sullivan

The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now. The Pedagogy and Policy Implications of Digital Healthcare Education - read the full abstract here.

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. 

Helen O'Sullivan

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.  

Jonathan Stephen

Philip Darbyshire

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

Visiting Health Education’s Dark Side: Poor care, systemic bullying, academic abuse and more read more about Philip's workshop 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:

Philip Darybyshire

Conference Programme

You can download the draft conference programme below. Please note this programme is a draft and is subject to change. If you require the programme in a more accessible format, please contact us at

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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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Strands 1A-1I

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Strands 2A-2I

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Strands 3A-3I

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Strands 4A-4I



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

Liz Clark, Honorary Associate, The Open University

Although a psychologist by background, Liz has worked in healthcare education for most of her career. Liz is passionate about pushing the boundaries of educational innovation to design and deliver flexible learning that empowers healthcare practitioners to deliver high-quality, safe and compassionate care. This has led to an ongoing project focusing on the impact of continuing professional education on healthcare practice.

From 1994–2007 Liz was Head of Distance Learning (DL) at the Royal College of Nursing, responsible for establishing its DL programme, including the first MSc in Nursing by DL in the UK. Within five years it had become the largest Masters programme for nurses in Europe. Liz is also a founder member of the NET conference in 1990.

Liz Clark

Michelle Ellwood, Radiography Lecturer, University of Leeds

The student experience has always been a primary motive for Michelle's involvement in student education since her initial appointment to the University of Leeds in 1999. Coming from a clinical radiography background, Michelle worked towards radiography education to inspire students and enhance the student experience. She is committed to her responsibility for their learning and teaching; to nurture and support their personal growth and development throughout their time at university; to help prepare them for graduate practice; and to be their advocate.

Michelle's academic career so far has provided a broad and rich experience in student education from the start of the student’s journey at admissions through to their graduation at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Michelle Ellwood

Heather Ingram, Director of Learning and Teaching, Keele University

Heather has worked in several Universities linking strategically with a range of regional and national organisations including local Trusts, the NMC, Health Education England and Advance HE in facilitating the development of the future workforce and leading midwifery programmes and teams. Her most recent work includes working as part of the team developing Narrowing the Gap exploring nursing and midwifery retention programmes. As a Senior Fellow, Heather supports to engage with the UK Professional Standards Framework to facilitate a rich learning experience for students and role development for staff. 

Heather Ingram

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

Andrew is currently a Reader in Adult Nursing within the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health and also Director of Technology Enhanced and Online Learning across the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University. Andrew qualified as a registered Nurse in 1994 in Leeds and subsequently worked in general surgery on various hospital wards in the North East.

He was awarded a PhD from the University of Teesside in 2007 for his work on patient warming and prevention of infection. In 2008, Andrew became Senior Lecturer at the University of Northumbria. Alongside his work developing and helping to run pre-registration and international nursing programmes he currently has a number of research projects examining how technology impacts upon student learning. Andrew is also working with a number of organisations to explore and better understand the immersive pedagogy and role of virtual teaching tools. 

Andrew Melling

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

Celia joined Advance HE (formerly the HEA) in April 2012 from the North West Universities Association (NWUA) where she was Director (Skills). At NWUA she was the strategic lead for all skills and employer engagement activity for nine years with much of her work focusing around higher-level skills, widening participation and learning and teaching, with a particular focus on work-based and flexible learning. 

Celia’s current role at Advance HE is Assistant Director (Conferences and Events) leading a team of staff to deliver a wide and diverse range of programmes and events. During her time with Advance HE (formerly the HEA) she has been Head of Services, with responsibility for delivering all HE services including training, events, UK and international consultancy, accreditation, recognition, excellence awards and subscriber benefits. The current team focuses on delivering high quality experiences across the sector for everyone engaging with the portfolio of Advance HE programmes and events building on the links created through our global memberships team and utilising the knowledge and expertise of the Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery (KID) Directorate as appropriate to support the activities. Celia is a member of the senior management group at Advance HE.

Celia Brigg

Gary Rolfe, Emeritus Professor of Nursing, Swansea University

Gary Rolfe is Emeritus Professor of Nursing at Swansea University. Gary has published twelve books and more than one hundred journal papers on subjects including reflective practice, practice innovation, action research, philosophy of nursing, education and scholarship. He receives regular invitations to speak at conferences and has facilitated workshops and seminars across the world. Gary sits on several editorial boards and is editor of the 'Big Ideas' section of Nurse Education Today.

Gary Rolfe

NET2019 Winners

Best poster (Winner)

Clare Corness-Parr, Keele University 

Best poster (Highly Commended)

Jane Bunce, Health Education England

Best first-time presenter

Helen Edwards, Keele University

Best first-time presenter (Highly Commended)

Karen Connor, Edge Hill 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