NET2017 Conference 5-6 September 2017

<strong>NET2017 Conference </strong>5-6 September 2017

Date: 5-6 September 2017
Venue: Churchill College, Cambridge
Who: Healthcare education professionals

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The leading international conference for networking in healthcare education returned to the beautiful university city of Cambridge for its 28th year. 

NET2017 offered a complete conference experience to all delegates including:

  • keynote papers from leading speakers and educators;
  • core papers and presentations on key healthcare themes;
  • networking time with presenters and delegates;
  • a choice of leading-edge symposia;
  • specially commissioned workshops;
  • a range of innovative posters;
  • complimentary tour of Cambridge;
  • accommodation on site;
  • conference dinner and entertainment.



Two keynote speakers took to the stage for the NET Conference, former chair of NHS Trust Roy Lilley and Professor Judy McKimm, Director of Strategic Educational Development and Professor of Medical Education at the College of Medicine, Swansea University.

Roy Lilley – NHS Writer, Broadcaster, commentator and conference speaker

Roy Lilley built up his first enterprise from scratch, turning it into a multi-million pound turnover business.

Roy’s position as a former chair of the NHS Trust and a commentator and analyst of healthcare policy has contributed to his unparalleled reach over social media in the NHS. You can follow Roy on Twitter here @RoyLilley

He has been voted the top UK speaker on NHS topics twice and is listed in the Debretts most influential people in healthcare.

Roy is the Founder of the Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff a repository which has become a social movement and is seen as the change platform for the NHS and Social Care.

Roy is also a publisher of the e-newsletter for NHS managers – see

Watch Roy's keynote presentation

Judy McKimm MBA, MA(Ed), BA(Hons), PGDip (HSW), SFHEA, FAcadMed

Our second keynote speaker, Judy McKimm, is Director of Strategic Educational Development and Professor of Medical Education in the College of Medicine, Swansea University. From 2011-2014, she was Dean of Medical Education at Swansea and before that worked in New Zealand from 2007-2011, at the University of Auckland and as Pro-Dean, Health and Social Care, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Judy initially trained as a nurse and has an academic background in social and health sciences, education and management. She was Director of Undergraduate Medicine at Imperial College London until 2004 and led the curriculum development and implementation of a new undergraduate medical programme. In 2004-05, as Higher Education Academy Senior Adviser, she was responsible for developing and implementing the accreditation of professional development programmes and the standards for teachers in HE. She has worked on over sixty international health workforce, reconstruction and education reform projects for DfID, AusAID, the World Bank and WHO in Central Asia, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Australia and the Pacific. She has been a reviewer and accreditor for the GMC, QAA, the Higher Education Academy and the Academy of Medical Educators for many years. She is programme director for the Leadership Masters at Swansea and Director of ASME’s international Educational Leadership programme.

Judy writes and publishes widely on medical education and leadership and runs health professions’ leadership and education courses and workshops internationally. Her most recent books are Global Health (with Brian Nicholson and Ann Allen), Health Care Professionalism at a Glance (with Jill Thistlethwaite), Clinical leadership made easy (with Helen O’Sullivan) and the ABC of Clinical Leadership, 2nd edition (with Tim Swanwick).

Watch Judy's keynote presentation

View Judy's presentation

Conference sessions

The NET Conference welcomed over 170 sessions from 215 presenters over the two days. These sessions included core paper presentations, theme paper presentations, symposia and oral poster presentations across threee core strands of research; innovation and; issues for debate. The themes covered included:

  • Developing the future healthcare education workforce;
  • Education in clinical practice and practice development;
  • Educational enhancement;
  • E-learning/blended learning;
  • Humanising healthcare education;
  • Internationalisation and global challenges in healthcare education;
  • Interprofessional learning and working;
  • Leadership development;
  • Learning and teaching strategies;
  • Partnership working;
  • Research methodology in healthcare education;
  • Service user and carer engagement;
  • Social, economic and policy drivers;
  • Student experience and engagement;
  • Using simulation to enhance learning.


Prize winners

Andrew Mckie Best Pre-Registration student abstract

Rebecca Sadler, Rosie Honeychurch and Leanne Hazelwood, Bournemouth University:Peer education in midwifery using an interactive board game experience.

Best poster (sponsored by Elsevier):

  • Winner: Elaine Beddingham, University of Derby:  Development of an e-portfolio for pre-registration student nurses

  • Highly commended: Kirsty Henry, University of East Anglia: Creative teaching to enhance student understanding: Empowerment in nursing

Best first-time presenter (sponsored by Elsevier):

  • Winner: Susan Jackson, University of Bradford: International students and clinical placement: The challenges for students and educators

  • Highly commended: Arun Arora, University of Manchester: Interprofessional learning in integrated care: Creating third space professionals.

  • Highly commended: Nicoletta Dasso, University of Genoa: Self-assessment of nursing competencies: A tool appropriate for various clinical areas.




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 Kay Currie, Professor of Nursing & Applied Healthcare Research, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Dr Kate Cuthbert, Academic Lead - Health & Social Care, Higher Education Academy
  • Professor Philip Keeley, Professor of Nursing and Head of Department, University of Huddersfield
  • Professor Gary Rolfe, Emeritus Professor, Swansea University
  • Professor Fiona Timmins, Trinity College Dublin

Sponsor and Exhibitors:

Details of exhibitors will be featured here. If you are interested in exhibiting at the conference please contact for details of the available packages.

Conference Sponsor

The NET Conference Committee gratefully acknowledges the continued support of their sponsors, Elsevier.

Conference exhibitors