NEON Conference: ‘A Sustainable Service: Widening Access to Healthcare HE and Medicine’

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  • Date


  • Location/Venue

      central London

  • Time

      9:15 am - 4:00 pm

Monday 2 July 2018
09.15 to 16.00
Central London


Widening participation in medicine and healthcare is a key priority for policymakers and higher education institutions. A significant amount of funds has recently been invested in new higher education places for medical students. In addition, across a range of healthcare subjects students from widening participation backgrounds continue to be heavily under-represented. This important event will bring together strategic decision makers and deliverers from across sectors to discuss the challenges in this key area for both HE and the NHS. It is a key event for both people working in either the healthcare sector or higher education.

During the day you will have the chance to:

  • Understand the policy priorities that will shape work in this field in the next 12 months.
  • Hear from examples of innovatory practice that brings together medical schools, HEIs, professional bodies and NHS Trusts.
  • Work in small groups with colleagues to explore how to meet the challenges in this fields in your own context.

Provisional programme

09.15    Registration

09.45    Introduction by Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, NEON

10.00    Why widening participation to healthcare Higher Education

Speaker: Katie Adams, National Senior Programme Manager – Widening Participation, Health Education England

11.10   Refreshments

11.30   Working with students and the approach of/working with NHS Trusts

Speakers: Mita Dhulipalla, Co-chair of the BMA students committee

 Jackie Higham, Widening Participation Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

12.45    Lunch

13.45    How HEIs are delivering on this agenda

Speakers: Dr Lee Price, Deputy Head of School, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton

          Professor Sally Curtis, Professorial Fellow Education, University of Southampton Medical School

14.45     Break

15.00    The way forward in 2018-19 for Widening Participation to Health and Medicine

Speakers: Ed Hughes, Head of Health and Medicine, Office for Students

                 Dr Gail Nicholls , Director of Admissions, Leeds Medical School

15.55     Closing remarks and how NEON can support this agenda

16.00     End of event