College staff present research findings at International Conference for Education in Healthcare

Swansea University's Department of Nursing represent the College of Human and Health Sciences at this year's International Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference, Churchill College, Cambridge

The 'Networking for Education and Healthcare' conference is firmly established as the leading annual conference for networking in healthcare education. The conference is a unique opportunity to share innovation and the latest ideas and experiences with a wide range of colleagues from the UK and overseas. 

This year, the 28th conference was organised in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy for the first time and as the leading annual healthcare education conference was attended by delegates involved in healthcare education from across the world.

Five members of the Department of Nursing represented the College of Human and Health Sciences at this year’s conference. While Emeritus Professor Gary Rolfe and Associate Professor Dr Tessa Watts contributed to the organisation and smooth running of the conference, three members of staff successfully navigated the highly competitive abstract submission process and were invited to present their healthcare education research. Sharon Harvey, Senior Lecturer and Sarah Tait, Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing presented papers on the theme of educational enhancement while Stephanie John, Lecturer in Nursing reported findings from her MAEd research in a poster presentation.

Sarah presented findings from her recent study completed as part of her MAEd. The study focussed nursing students and academics’ perceptions of the feedback process for written summative assessments, specifically essays. Data analysis revealed three core themes: feedback is variable; comprehending feedback can be challenging and the quality of feedback is shaped by style. Sarah commented: ‘Delegates appreciated that there is a pressing need to overcome certain demands, for example the time involved in providing effective feedback and to address the training needs of academics in order to enhance the effectiveness of feedback. I was thrilled that my work generated so much interest and that I was commended on my work. I have been inspired to develop my work and research in this important area of education enhancement and hope that I will be able to make a difference to the student experience and present at future conferences.’

Dr Tessa Watts, Associate Professor in the Department said "this is the leading conference for healthcare education internationally and there is strong competition in terms of acceptance of abstracts. The standard of paper and poster presentations this year was very high. In the era of the TEF the work presented by the Department’s staff was topical, very well received and generated considerable interest and discussion and showcased just some of the excellent educational innovation and research within the Department and Swansea University as a whole."