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NET2021 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.

NET provides a unique opportunity for delegates to engage with the latest worldwide research evidence, developments and thinking with educators, practitioners and students. Papers are arranged in themed sessions where delegates participate in in-depth discussion and debate on a topic, facilitated by skilled convenors.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference and your contribution to this stimulating and vibrant event, albeit via the unfamiliar arena of virtual delivery.

Join the conversation at #NETConf21

Date: 1-3 September 2021
Venue: Virtual 
Who: Healthcare education professionals

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Join the Organising Committee

Join the Organising Committee

As you may know, the NET Conference, while supported by Advance HE, is steered by an Organising Committee (OC) of highly experienced healthcare educators and academics.

This year, two of our respected colleagues, Professor Gary Rolfe and Heather Ingram, have stepped down from the committee, due to retirement and family commitments, leaving two positions vacant. We are now offering an opportunity to submit an expression of interest to join the Organising Committee and take on a key, influential role in the future of the conference as it now enters its fourth decade.

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NET2021 Bookings

We are delighted to share some discount offers that are available when booking NET2021 Conference:

  • All students will be entitled to 50% off conference attendance
  • All presenters will be entitled to 10% off conference attendance
  • All attendees from OCED Low and middle income countries will be entitled to 33% off conference attendance

To recieve your discount voucher, students and attendees from OCED Low and middle income countries must email before making your booking. Presenters will be sent their discount voucher directly.

All offers are subject to availability and change.

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Why you should be there

Networking is at the heart of this well-established conference, providing a supportive environment for all delegates, and particularly for students, those from overseas, and new presenters.

In the words of recent delegates, NET is ‘such an inclusive, collegial and welcoming conference’; ‘there was an air of positivity and joy’; ‘a celebration of the work people are doing across the country and internationally’; ‘remaining in the same theme session was helpful to building dialogue and understanding’; and ‘it’s a vibrant event with a good buzz about it’.

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A fully digital conferencing experience

The NET2021 will be hosted on Advance HE's virtual conferencing platform. It has been re-designed as an immersive and engaging digital experience offering delegates the following features:

  • A full day of live-streamed sessions of keynotes, themed sessions and symposia addressing current issues in health education
  • ‘In conversation’ sessions with sector leaders
  • Opportunity to interact and network with other delegates from around the world in our virtual networking space
  • virtual poster exhibition with live chat facilities so that you can engage with the presenters
  • resources area where you can discover the latest reports and publications
  • Full online support throughout the day
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Virtual networking Topia world

This year we will be enhancing the networking during the NET2021 Conference by running a Topia world alongside the virtual conference platform. This will replicate the informal side of a face-to-face conference; the chance conversations over a coffee or sandwich, the opportunity to ask questions of your workshop presenters or a good catch up with ex-colleagues, old friends and other people passionate about healthcare education.

In Topia you can meet up with people by walking your avatar around the world and literally bumping into people. As you move closer to a group, you hear their conversation fading in and their cameras appearing just as you would when you wander around the refreshment or exhibition area of a face-to-face conference. We hope this will allow greater connectivity between delegates in an informal and fun way.

Our Topia world will allow you to meet other delegates, catch up with our conference exhibitors, visit the area focussing on presenters and question them about their presentations or take some time out and find a corner to catch up with colleagues and friends you haven’t seen since the pandemic hit in 2020. The world will be open for the duration of the conference 24 hours a day, you won’t need a password to access it. Just click on the links within the virtual conference platform, enter your name and get networking!

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Conference themes

NET2021 will address all areas of healthcare education across all healthcare professions. The conference will focus on the following themes:

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 way 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.

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 learning and teaching 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.

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 current Coronavirus outbreak is a global challenge that demonstrates that healthcare provision is not bound by international borders. This theme provides will be 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 an share your successes.

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 endevour to discuss student retention, co-production, joint working between educational and student communities, new and interesting approahes to engaging with the student community to enrich and value the student experience, and much more.

New for 2021: Education in a global pandemic

Including the sub themes of Transforming healthcare curricula for virtual delivery; Managing placements; Future planning; and Technological development.

2020 has been a turbulent year for all, but the higher education sector has risen to the challenge of transforming curricula for online delivery and maintaining student engagement. Healthcare education, in particular has faced incredible challenges, not least student nurses being drawn into frontline NHS support and the race to deliver an effective vaccine to Covid-19. We will be exploring new pedagogies, new technologies and methodologies implemented during the pandemic, and whether these interim measures will actually form best teaching practices as we enter the ‘new normal’ post-pandemic period.
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NET2021 Conference Programme Day 1
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NET2021 Conference Programme Day 2
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NET2021 Conference Programme Day 3
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NET2021 Conference - Conference programme Day 3

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Keynote speakers

Keynote speaker: Day 1

Kathie Lasater, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Kathie Lasater is Professor Emerita from Oregon Health & Science University, on the west coast of the US. She is a pioneer in simulation research, specifically how simulation impacts the development of clinical judgment. One of the outcomes of her research was the Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric, a widely used assessment tool in simulation and clinical settings. Nearly 14 years after its publication, the rubric has gone global—it has been translated, or is in process of translation, in 17 other languages. Her clinical judgment research extended to new graduates’ transition to practice and, in addition, she has taught students at all academic levels and on most types of programs, including population health. Along with other national colleagues, she is currently completing a study to determine the use of clinical judgment models and strategies for developing clinical judgment in programs across the US, even as the US licensure exam undergoes a significant change to measure clinical judgment in 2023. 

Find out more about Kathie

Kathie Lasater

Keynote speaker: Day 3

Professor Laura Serrant OBE

Laura Serrant is Regional Head of Nursing (North East and Yorkshire) at Health Education England and the former Head of Nursing and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She has frequently found herself as the sole voice representing nurses and minority communities – a position which she’s striven to challenge throughout her career by empowering others to come forward to join her, in a unique call to 'lift as you climb'. Laura has an extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety.

Find out more about Laura

Laura Serrant

Keynote speaker: Day 3

Professor Emerita Amanda Kenny

Professor Emerita Amanda Kenny is a nurse and midwife. She led the development of Australia’s largest multidisciplinary rural health school and was the inaugural Violet Marshman Professor of Rural Health. Her research involves extensive partnerships with vulnerable populations. Amanda is a leader in knowledge translation and qualitative research methods. She has led or contributed to highly cited policy documents, and as an expert witness, has given evidence to major government inquiries. In her career, Amanda has attracted almost AU$104 million dollars of grant funding for research and major strategic initiatives.  Amanda has won teaching awards, has strong international partnerships, currently holds international grants, and mentors staff and students from a multitude of universities. She is Editor in Chief of the highly ranked Elsevier journal, Nurse Education Today. 

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Considerations for virtual delivery

In light of the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the NET Conference Committee has taken the decision to deliver NET2021 Conference online using Advance HE's virtual conferencing platform. The format of the conference will remain the same: a mix of keynotes, symposia, theme sessions and virtual posters, spread across three days.

The NET Committee deeply considered all factors in reaching this decisions and would like to share these with you: Considerations for virtual delivery.

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Join the Organising Committee

As you may know, the NET Conference, while supported by Advance HE, is steered by an Organising Committee (OC) of highly experienced healthcare educators and academics.

This year, two of our respected colleagues, Professor Gary Rolfe and Heather Ingram, have stepped down from the committee, due to retirement and family commitments, leaving two positions vacant. We are now offering an opportunity to submit an expression of interest to join the Organising Committee and take on a key, influential role in the future of the conference as it now enters its fourth decade.

If you wish to be considered for a position on the OC, you must be nominated by two senior healthcare educator colleagues, and submit a CV and an expression of interest (EoI) to Your EoI should be no more than one side of A4. Please submit your application by 30 July 2021.

You are, of course, free to include any information you wish in your EoI. However, in previous years the selection panel has found it particularly useful when colleagues have outlined the skills and experience they would bring to the committee, and any strategic ideas for enhancing the annual NET conference which we aim to position as a – if not the – leading conference for healthcare educators across the UK and globally. It is also helpful to include specific examples to evidence your skills and experience.

The current committee members, Dr Liz Clark, Dr Andrew Melling, Michelle Ellwood and Dr Celia Brigg, will review all CVs and accompanying EoIs and select up to two new members. If you wish to contact any of the current committee members to discuss the role further, click on their names above to send them an e-mail and they will be more than happy to share their experiences with you.

Find out more about the Committee's roles and responsibilities