This sections contains press releases and announcements about healthcare from professional and regulating bodies.

The annual conference of the National Association of Educators in Practice is to take place at The Studio in Birmingam on Friday 10th May 2019; please see the linked poster for further details.  

NAEP ConferenceNAEP Conference 2019

An investigation to understand and evaluate the best ways to educate for and promote integrated working across the health and care sectors. 

Integrated WorkingIntegrated Working: A Report


As a token of recognition of all the hard work and the support involved to enable the learning and development of health care students in practice a free interprofessional practice education conference was held in June 2015 for practice colleagues. The conference offered a continuing professional development opportunity and brought together health care practitioners from across NHS and Non-NHS organisations who support Coventry University health care students in practice. Delegates included clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, IAPT workers, dieticians, midwives, nurses, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, paramedics, and physiotherapists.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences was privileged to have Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing from Health Education England, deliver the opening speech which set the scene by outlining the NHS Five Year Forward View and its impact on the future of practice learning. This invited the audience to consider how they might facilitate learning for healthcare students in the future.

The conference also included workshops and an interactive activity that commenced with a scenario acted out by professional actors which proved a hugely popular approach.

Jean Astley-Cooper, Strategic Practice Lead, who led the development of the conference said: ‘the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and participants particularly valued the opportunity to network and learn from other professionals’.

Plans are already underway for a second ‘Interprofessional Practice Education Conference’ in 2016 and will be advertised in due course.


Keynote speech: ‘ Promoting excellence in practice education’ by Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing from Health Education England

In September 2015 the HCPC published updated guidance for people with health issues or disabilities who are interested in any of the health and care professions which it regulates.

Although aimed at potential students it is also essential reading for course teams and practice educators. The guidance can be found at the following web address:

This is essential reading for all mentors and will be widely discussed in most health care education curricula. Robert Francis QC has today published his Inquiry report into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. His Inquiry followed concerns about standards of care at the Trust, and an investigation and report published by the Healthcare Commission in March 2009. Robert Francis has heard evidence from patients, their relatives and staff to inform his report and the 18 recommendations he makes. The Department of Health and the Trust Board has accepted the recommendations of the Inquiry in full.

The Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry will be published on 6 February 2013.

Executive Summary

The King's Fund - The Francis Inquiry Conference