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  • Levinsky Room, 3rd floor of Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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It’s no news that the healthcare workforce is facing major challenges. There has been increasing recognition that health system effectiveness and improvements in population health are critically dependent on an appropriately skilled, supported and deployed healthcare workforce.

At the University of Plymouth, we train and support professionals across almost every different healthcare group, providing the largest range of healthcare programmes in the South West.

Our world-leading research investigates workforce sustainability, seeking to address the critical questions and develop tangible solutions that have an international impact.

We’ll share the latest research around education, recruitment, retention, and regulation of healthcare professionals that address real-life concerns for the sector, with discussions and Q&A’s for the audience to delve into the topics at hand.

This is a unique opportunity to engage with the cutting-edge research that spans so many areas in one place, providing a vital platform to understanding what works – and what doesn’t – in sustaining the healthcare workforce.



Registration and coffee on arrival

Welcome Address from Dr Tom Gale, Professor Ruth Endacott and Dr Nicola Brennan.

What does today's generation of doctors value most in a training post?

Insightful keynote talk delivered by Professor Jen Cleland, Centre of Healthcare Education Research and Innovation, University of Aberdeen

Session one: Selection and training
Are we training the right people in the right way? Exploring selection and training with presentations followed by Q&A on:

Tea and coffee break

Session two: Performance in the workplace
How do we promote and sustain professional capability? Exploring performance in the workplace with presentations followed by Q&A on:

  • Developing advanced practice competencies across Europe: the INACTIC study - Professor Ruth Endacott 
  • Preparing for practice by educating for capability - Sally Hanks
  • Predicting performance in anesthesia training Dr Tom Gale

Session three: Retention
How do we minimise workforce attrition and promote wellbeing? Exploring retention with presentations followed by Q&A on:

Lunch and networking

Who is this event for?
This event is suitable for local healthcare professionals in the NHS and other providers, including charities. It would also be of interest to researchers and academics in healthcare, and members of national professional bodies.

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