The RCN Education Forum Conference was held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham 10-11 March 2015 and I presented a paper “Evidence Based Innovation: the key to a successful and inclusive student experience” with colleague Kerry Pace of Diverse Leaners on 11 March 2015. It was delivered to a packed seminar room of nurse educators, researchers, practitioners and students, Kerry and I shared our experiences of collaboration and innovation over 5 years to promote a more inclusive and evidence based approach to teaching and learning in nurse education.
The conference lasted two days and a wide range of papers were presented covering themes such as partnership working , the student experience, curriculum innovations, leadership and practice learning. It was great to hear Jane Ball of University of Southampton talk about RN4CAST and present the evidence that will hopefully finally lay to rest the ‘too posh to wash/too clever to care’ views. Another conference highlight included hearing Lord Willis taking about the future of nurse education on the eve of the publication of the Shape of Caring Review. Looks like there are interesting times ahead!