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London Educators Present at International Faculty Development Conference

London based colleagues made a series of presentations at the 2nd International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions, hosted in Prague over 23 – 25 August 2013. Prof Tim Swanwick was a member of organising committee and co-chaired the scientific committee with  Prof Della Freeth, Queen Mary University London (QMUL)

Dr John Launer, Associate Dean, Faculty Development, delivered a keynote speech at the conference. The lecture on ‘Conversations Inviting Change’ explored the theoretical background, and practical application, of the courses delivered by Faculty Development. These courses have been delivered to over a thousand healthcare professionals, drawing on narrative theory but with a primary emphasis on practice. The lecture was based on two chapters from John’s recent book.

Narrative-based supervision; Conversations inviting change: Training for narrative-based supervision. in Sommers LS and Launer J (eds) (2013) Clinical Uncertainty in Primary Care: The Challenge of Engagement. New York: Springer.

Dr Catherine O’Keeffe, Head of Professional Development, delivered both a poster on Faculty Development e-learning modules and a workshop on ‘transprofessionalism’. 

The workshop highlighted how shifting boundaries across professional disciplines can create both challenges and opportunities for interprofessional education. Research examining transprofessionalism, and the related concept of ‘third spaces’, can promote understanding of tensions and lead to the exploration of new approaches to learning between diverse groups of health professionals.

In response to the poster, delegates commented on the value of Faculty Development e-learning modules, with considerable interest on how they could be used formally.

Prof Tim Swanwick, Postgraduate Dean, delivered a symposium on leadership with Dr Judy McKimm, Professor of Medical Educaton, Swansea. More than 100 attended with a lively discussion ensuing regarding leadership development for faculty in healthcare professions education.  The symposium was based around a chapter written for a new book on faculty development for the healthcare professions due out later this year.

Swanwick T, McKimm J (In press 2013) Faculty Development for Leadership and Management In: Steinert Y (ed.) Faculty Development for the Health Professions. New York: Springer.

Dr Bob Clarke, Associate Dean, Faculty Development, delivered a workshop together with other members of the Shared Services ‘Teaching the Teachers’ team. The theme was “Questions used by teachers” and show-cased some of the exercises and teaching methods used on a number of Faculty Development courses.  The workshop was highly evaluated by the 25 participants; for example “This was the best workshop I have ever attended” “Brilliant- I am going to use all these techniques”.

Prof Della Freeth, QMUL, delivered an oral presentation on a study of the London School of Paediatrics Simulation Faculty Development Programme. The presentation was well received with several questions from the floor focussing on details regarding the 'nuts and bolts' of how the programme runs and how tensions between specialty specific simulation and broader faculty development training are addressed. In addition, the issue of sustainability was raised regarding the importance of having time for mentors to carry out their role. Prof Freeth commented on that point, saying that, after a few more cohorts, the pool of mentors will increase which should help with sustainability.

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