An International Academic Conference designed to Celebrate Collaborative Learning


Wednesday 8th May 2019, 09:30am – 16:30pm

Rockbeare Manor, Nr Exeter, Devon, Exeter, EX5 2FE



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Health Education England (HEE) in the South West invites delegates to join them for a prestigious International Academic Conference on Wednesday 8th May 2019. The one-day gratis programme will share current research, experience, and good practice on the theme of Celebrating Collaborative Learning in Practice by bringing together an exceptional gathering of leading practitioners, academics, clinicians, learners and policy makers.


Benefits of attending will enable delegates to:

  • Access professional development
  • Hear about current research into Collaborative Learning for healthcare learners, across a range of placement environments, share good practice and to hear from others with experience of Collaborative Learning
  • Network with a broad range of colleagues from a range of healthcare settings
  • Take part in a variety of workshops and plenary sessions
  • Establish ongoing collaborative relationships within the field of healthcare education


Speakers include:

Beyke Gazendam and Nicolette Donkersloot

Beyke         Nicolette

Beyke and Nicolette are part of a 12-person team of clinical educators at the Amsterdam University Medical Center – Location Vumc. Nicolette was a registered nurse for almost 20 years and after finishing her post-bachelor degree in clinical education, she moved into the role of clinical educator. Nicolette is developing a dedicated educational unit within the Lung Disease ward and is in charge of the students at the Children’s Clinic. Beyke began his career as a Physical Education teacher and then shifted his focus to medicine. After completing his training as a nurse at the University Medical Center - Vumc in Amsterdam, he went on to work at the surgical oncology ward. Combining his interest in medicine and education, Beyke is now the clinical educator at the dedicated educational unit: Cardiology and Surgical Cardiology. Both Nicolette and Beyke are involved with the development and improvement of education and training processes at the University Medical Center.


Charlene Lobo


Now running her own consultancy business, Charlene has previously held the post of Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead for Practice Education at the University of East Anglia. Charlene was the academic lead for developing CLiPTM (Collaborative Learning in Practice) in the East of England and for bringing ‘the real life learning ward’ to the UK from Amsterdam.


Lisa Bayliss-Pratt


Since 2012 Lisa has been the Chief Nurse at Health Education England. In this role she is responsible for leading national policy, workforce planning, and multi-professional education and training commissioning for the non-medical healthcare workforce. Lisa is also Health Education England’s sponsor and champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) with Board level responsibility for other HEE national programmes including Maternity, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Children and Young People, Public Health and the Integration of Health and Social Care.  In 2017, in addition to her Chief Nurse role, Lisa was appointed as Interim Regional Director for London and South East. As the Regional Director Lisa is responsible for approximately £1 billion of investment in education, training and workforce development across London. Her role also includes providing support to five Sustainability and Transformation Plans within the capital.



Abstracts for verbal and poster presentations are invited to Celebrate Collaborative Learning and its impact upon:

  • Enhancing recruitment;
  • Increasing learner satisfaction;
  • Improving the learning environment; or
  • Providing better patient care


Student Abstract Prizes:

1st Prize - £500 Amazon vouchers

2nd Prize - £300 Amazon vouchers

3rd Prize - £200 Amazon vouchers


To submit an abstract, please follow the link below to access guidance and then email your file to by 12 noon on Friday 11th January 2018 (Friday 15th February for Student submissions).

Download - Abstract Guidance


About the venue

Rockbeare Manor has been specially selected for its proximity to Exeter Airport and train station.  Its environment and relaxing atmosphere are conducive to the conference and for meeting and developing collaborative relationships with colleagues.  There are a range of accommodation options nearby and Exeter has a good selection of shops and entertainment on offer; the tourism hotspots of Cornwall are a couple of hours away; and London is within easy reach.