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Conferences and Events

Below are the details of conferences and events organised by the Learner Support and Faculty Development (LSFD) team. (Information on events and courses provided by organisations external to HEE NW can be accessed here).

Registration for the events below is via Accent Course Manager (unless stated otherwise), if you don’t already have an account you will need to register, please be sure to choose North West and South Cumbria as your region, and select the most appropriate ‘delegate type’ from the list to access events provided by HEE NW. Guidance on registering with Accent is available here.

Events that are not yet open for registration will be available to book approximately 12 weeks prior to the event.

We would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions for topics, events, or courses, the LSFD team can be contacted at: 


Spring Educators 2023

Spring Educators | DATE TBC | VENUE TBC
This event is aimed at Directors of Medical Education (DMEs), Heads of School (HoS), Training Programme Directors (TPDs), Medical Education Managers, Associate Deans, HEE NW Training Programme Management, associated deputies and senior educators.

Resources from the Spring Educators event held in May 2022 are available here.


Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE) Conference 2023

PGMDE Conference 2023 | DATE TBC | VENUE TBC

This is a one day event aimed at Directors of Medical Education (DMEs), Heads of School (HoS), Training Programme Directors (TPDs), Educational Supervisors, Medical Education Managers, HEE NW Associate Deans and Training Programme Management, and those working in postgraduate medical and dental education and leadership. 

Resources from the PGMDE Conference held in September 2022 are available here.


Educator Development Programme: Masterclasses

As part of the Educator Development Programme a series of Masterclasses covering a range of topics, facilitated by Associate Deans and senior faculty from across HEE NW, will be held each year.

These Masterclasses are open to educators from all specialties across the region, and we hope that you will find them useful and informative.

  • Supporting International Medical Graduates (IMGs) | Wednesday 15 March 2023 | 09:30 to 13:30 | Citibase, Warrington | Not yet open for registration

The programme for 2023/24 will be available in due course.

You can access resources from previous Masterclasses here


Careers Events and Workshops

Information on events and workshops organised by the HEE NW Careers Team can be found here.


Cultural Competence

The NHS is a culturally diverse workforce, bringing skills and expertise from across the globe to keep our nation healthy. Differences in backgrounds and upbringings can result in varying ways of perceiving the world, as well as differing behaviours and communicating styles. These differences can, on occasion, cause confusion, hurt, and even conflict within the work environment.

The aim of this workshop is to explore culture’s influence on perceptions, behaviours and communication styles. Developed for educators, this workshop will enable delegates to improve their cross-cultural understanding and communication, to improve workplace harmony and effectiveness.

Dates for 2022/23 are below, please note, if you have previously attended one of these sessions you do not need to book again.

These workshops are provided by First Thought Training, therefore by registering to attend you are consenting to your e-mail being shared with First Thought Training for the purpose of being provided with the pre-course material, Zoom link, feedback form and certificate of attendance.

Please do not contact First Thought Training with booking queries. Registration is managed by the LSFD team who can be contacted at: 

  • Monday 12 December 2022 | 9:15 to 12:00 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED
  • Tuesday 10 January 2023 | 13:00 to 15:45 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday 26 January 2023 | 9:15 to 12:00 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED
  • Wednesday 8 February 2023 | 13:00 to 15:45 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED
  • Monday 20 February 2023 | 9:15 to 12:00 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday 9 March 2023 | 13:00 to 15:45 | Via Zoom | Event Flyer | Not yet open for registration
A further six Cultural Competence sessions have been arranged for 2023/24:
  • Monday 17 April 2023 | 9:00 to 11:45 | Via Zoom | Not yet open for registration
  • Monday 5 June 2023 | 9:00 to 11:45 | Via Zoom | Not yet open for registration
  • Thursday 20 July 2023 | 13:00 to 15:45 | Via Zoom | Not yet open for registration
  • Thursday 31 August 2023 | 9:00 to 11:45 | Via Zoom | Not yet open for registration
  • Tuesday 10 October 2023 | 13:00 to 15:45 | Via Zoom | Not yet open for registration
  • Wednesday 22 November 2023 | 13:00 to 15:45 | Via Zoom | Not yet open for registration

Growing Emotional Intelligence and Agility

Research shows that, for better or worse, emotions influence our commitment, creativity, decision making and work quality.

Emotional agility is the ability to be flexible with our own thoughts and feelings in order to have an optimal response to the many different situations we find ourselves in every day.

By focusing in on this topic, it can help us as employees and leaders to gain a better sense of who we are, what influences behaviours, understand why we might respond the way we do in different situations. By putting these insights to use, we can create a more positive and helpful relationships both in work and in our personal lives.

  • Wednesday 18 January 2023 | 9:15 to 12:45 | Via Zoom | Event Flyer | FULLY BOOKED
  • Tuesday 21 February 2023 | 9:15 to 12:45 | Via Zoom | Event Flyer | FULLY BOOKED

Linguistic and Communication Skills Support

This 3-hour masterclass will provide trainers with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the communication challenges and difficulties faced by international medical trainees.

A leading English Language teacher and trainer, Rob Chambers, will focus on the cultural and linguistic challenges faced by international trainees when working with their colleagues and patients (some of whom will also be non-native speakers of English). The aim is to help trainers recognise, understand and respond to any problems and difficulties their trainees are experiencing; feedback can be given, and the individual referred to the relevant sections of the Healthy English website and other resources.

It is highly recommended that, prior to attending, delegates acquaint themselves with the content and structure of the Healthy English website. This website is currently hosted by the East Cheshire NHS Trust, it is recommended you view the site via your phone or home PC as access may be restricted by your Trusts IT system.

Please note, that by registering to attend you are consenting to your e-mail being shared with Rob Chambers for the purpose of being sent a questionnaire for completion prior to attending the session.


Mental Health for Leaders: Awareness and Team Resilience

Mental Health for Leaders helps attendees to understand the potential impact of mental health issues, including potentially traumatic events (PTE) and how best to deal with the psychological aftermath.

Good leadership is a highly protective influence on mental health, this half day Zoom workshop provided by March on Stress, will ensure attendees are aware of the common mental health disorders they may come across, their signs and symptoms, what they can do to support their colleagues, encourage individuals to get the help they need and, indeed, look after their own mental health.

  • Thursday 12 January 2023 | 9:00 to 13:00 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED
  • Monday 30 January 2023 | 13:00 to 17:00 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED
  • Friday 24 February 2023 | 9:00 to 13:00 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED


This 90 minute webinar, from March on Stress, will provide the opportunity for you to undertake a small dose of training in ‘active listening’, and be equipped with knowledge and some practice in how to have that mental health awareness conversation, using an approach called REACTMH. The session also includes content related to moral injury.

REACTMH was developed by our team of experts, led by Professor Neil Greenberg, in 2017 to enable individuals to have psychologically informed conversations, as a form of support in the workplace. The approach is evidence-based and, while we are not aware of any alternative active listening packages which have good evidence, the REACTMH approach is very much in line with the evidence in Milligan-Saville which clearly demonstrates a positive effect on mental health and reduction in sickness absence.

  • Tuesday 10 January 2023 | 9:00 to 10:30 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED
  • Wednesday 18 January 2023 | 11:00 to 12:30 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday 26 January 2023 | 13:00 to 14:30 | Via Zoom | FULLY BOOKED