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