Health and Social Care Annual Conference keynote featured in the Guardian

  • Date: 13-05-2013

An Australian academic whose ground-breaking teaching methods were recently featured in the Guardian (7 May 2013, p31) will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Annual HEA Health and Social Care Conference, 5-6 June at The Queen’s Hotel, Leeds.

Professor Kerry Reid-Searl, Professor and Sub Dean of Simulation in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at CQUniversity, will demonstrate her innovative use of masks and amazing wearable silicone body parts, for the first time in England.

Kerry has pioneered a method called Mask-Ed (KRS Simulation), a simulation technique in which she disguises herself as a patient and works with her students to improve their practice-based skills. Since purchasing her first mask with a teaching grant Kerry has developed a range of characters which allow her to direct the learning experience of her students whilst creating an authentic patient/nurse relationship. Kerry recently won the prestigious Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching 2012 Awards for Teaching Excellence in Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies for her work in this field. You can see Kerry discussing her work on U Tube.

Keynote speaker on day two of the Conference is Sarah Baillie, Chair in Veterinary Education at the University of Bristol, who has also used high tech simulation techniques to transform the learning experiences of students. Sarah’s haptic cow virtual reality simulator is now training vets across the country to carry out internal examinations without the need for a live animal.

Download a draft programme for the Annual HEA Health and Social Care Conference and book here.

You can join the Guardian Live Chat on the future of healthcare teaching on Friday 17 May from 12-2pm. Participants will include Professor Bryn Baxendale, Director, Trent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre and Gerri Nevin, Head of Department for Skills and Simulation, Birmingham City University.