Public lecture will reflect on the complexity of learning in health care practice.

Posted on 22nd May 2017

The opportunities and challenges for health professionals learning in practice will be discussed at an inaugural lecture at the University of Chester.

Professor Jan Gidman will deliver the lecture Reflections on the Complexity of Learning in Practice on Thursday, June 8 at 6.30pm in the Beswick Building at the University‚Äôs Parkgate Road Campus. 

Jan is Associate Dean (Business and Enterprise), in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Council of Deans for Health and of the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

The lecture will explore how NHS Five Year Forward View and the recently published Next Steps strategies focus on the promotion of health and prevention of illness and aim to deliver the personalised and coordinated health services patients need. Achieving these aims will involve the integration of services and the introduction of new models of care, with increased patient and public involvement. These strategies also necessitate more innovative ways of working and the development of new roles in health and social care, which education providers are in a key position to influence and support. 

Health and social care programmes have traditionally had a strong emphasis on learning in practice, to prepare graduates for professional roles in a range of public and independent sector organisations. This is becoming increasingly important, within the current context of organisational changes, sustainable transformation partnerships and the introduction of new service models. 

This inaugural lecture will explore the opportunities and challenges of promoting learning in this context and will draw on a range of educational theories, research evidence and real life examples to consider strategies to promote this learning and to optimise support for students within increasingly complex practice environments. 

Following her career as a surgical and orthopaedic nurse, Jan joined the University in 2001 as a Senior Lecturer. She has since held the posts of Head of Practice Learning and Development, Head of Postgraduate Medical, Dental and Inter-professional Education and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching). 

In her current role, as Associate Dean (Business and Enterprise), she works closely with practice partners and other stakeholders, to ensure that the Faculty's portfolio of programmes, research and knowledge transfer activities meet the needs of health and social care organisations and support the development of new services and roles. 

For a free place please email amy.owens@chester.ac.uk or call 01244 511344. Complementary tea and coffee is served before the lecture at 6pm.