Forthcoming Events

The England Centre for Practice Development offers a frequent programme of masterclasses, international practice development schools, bespoke courses, work based learning, postgraduate study and conferences.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Designing Innovations for Sustainable Community Wellbeing The Summit This two-day summit showcases and celebrates cutting edge environmental design and enhancement, rural and urban sustainable dwelling, design and architecture for wellbeing and innovation projects co-created with communities that are impacting positively on sustainable community health and wellbeing across the lifespan in the UK and Europe.

Taking a problem-based approach, to tackle thorny economic, geopolitical and social issues of a lack of affordable housing, homelessness, fragmented social care, and intergenerational health care gaps, this two-day summit addresses the critical questions:

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How can poetry help people living with dementia? A few words About me was a community based project that ran from October 2017 to March 2018, organised by Funder Films funded by tyhe National Lottery and Kent Community Foundation

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Every Picture Tells a Story 

An exhibition of work by those challenging stigma around mental health

8th July - 20th August 2017 - The Beaney, Canterbury

Opening event, 8th July, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Meet the artists - come and join us on Saturday 8th July to meet the people who met the challenge to explore their creativity, consolidate a creative identity and publicly display the results. With an aim to continue to challenge stigma and our own preconceptions about mental ill health, and focusing upon wellbeing and the healing nature of art.

This exhibition by the Canterbury Art Studio group is supported by Community Arts & Education and The England Centre for Practice Development, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Five Day International Practice Development School

Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness through Practice Development

24th – 28th October 2016 Mary MacKillop Conference Centre, North Sydney, NSW

This school is designed for health care professionals who are responsible for developing, implementing or researching practice development strategies. The course addresses the inter-relationships between practice development, effective healthcare practice, evaluation, context, culture, leadership and skilled facilitation.

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Action Research for Person Centred Healthcare

Open to PhD candidates and supervisors

17th – 19th October 2016 Sydney, Australia

In recent years, there has been an increasing emphasis on the use of action research methodology and methods in the transforming healthcare practice. Currently, few research methodology courses deal with the complexity of action research and practitioner research methodologies and their operationalization in practice.

The purpose of this course is to give participants the prerequisites for undertaking action research within the range of methodological approaches used in healthcare research.

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International Community of Practice (ICoP) for End of Life Care

Friday 7th October 20169am – 4:30pm

Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NZ£30 per ticket

We cordially invite policy makers, commissioners, practitioners, scholars, academics, expert patients groups, advisors, advocates, charities, and community support groups with an interest in palliative and end of life care to become a member of the ICoP by joining our Facebook group and to participate in this launch event which will be hosted at the Canterbury Cricket Ground.

International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research: International Symposium

Changing populations, changing needs: Directions and models for community orientated primary care

15th – 16th September 2016

University of Kent

The overall aim of the two-day event is to explore new models and ways of working for all nurses and other health and social care practitioners within a community orientated primary care context. There is an exciting programme of international speakers who lead on research and development of innovative models of care which will appeal to a multidisciplinary audience.

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Enhancing Practice Conference 2016

Unearthing the architecture of practice patterns

31st August 2016 - 2nd September 2016  Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Come join us for a reflective, hands-on journey through learning and development whilst engaging with various networks & hearing first hand from leading practitioners from across the globe to share, engage & enhance future practice.

Please visit Queen Margaret University's web pages for further details.

Dying in a death denying society: A creative conversation about death and dying

Friday 1st July 2pm – 5pm

Augustine House

You are invited to attend an afternoon tea with discussion around the topic of death & dying. This creative conversation will be facilitated by experts in the field of End of Life Care.

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Taking the Line for a Walk

Saturday 25th June – Sunday 10th July

The Front Room, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury

Free admission

A group exhibition challenging the stigma around mental health and individuals’ views about art. In partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.

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ECPD Masterclass series 2016: Monday 20th June 4pm – 6pm

Inter-professional conversations about critical practices and gender-based violence
Canterbury Christ Church University, Rf31 (Ramsey Building)

This Masterclass will be facilitated by Professor Claudia Bernard from Goldsmiths University:

Claudia says:

I will open up space and dialogue for using intersectionality as an analytical tool to explore practices around gender-based violence. Here I can draw on my past research about mother-blaming in childhood sexual abuse discourses, and teenage mothers’ experiences of gender-based violence and bring it round to the project I am currently developing on different kinds of gender-based violence experienced by young women in marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

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Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice Conference 2016

15th June 2016 The Charis Centre, Crawley, Surrey

Having co-created the Learning Disability Community of Practice with people with learning disabilities and other stakeholders in Kent and Medway in 2013, the steering group has been eager to set firm foundations for future work – holding annual conferences and involving itself in several research and development projects since. 

As the CoP plans for its celebration event in becoming the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Learning Disability Community of Practice on 15th June at the Charis Centre in Crawley, the Steering group are also pleased to become the first organisational fellow and partner of the England Centre for Practice Development. This collaboration will enable greater capacity to our shared goals of enabling person centred safe and effective care and support in all health and social care services, with a view to eradicating health inequalities.

We hope that you'll be able to join us at the Conference on 15th June 2016 and will be able to contribute to the event theme ‘Transitions and innovations in learning disability practice’.

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A Workshop with Professor John Diamond

Working Across Boundaries: Learning the Lessons and Risks
A Guide to Surviving and Enjoying the Challenges and Opportunities

Friday 29th April 2016, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Canterbury Christ Church University – Nf06-07 (Newton Building)

John Diamond will reflect on his experiences in setting up a cross University initiative and the lessons learnt and why he remains as enthusiastic as ever for working in these different spaces.

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ECPD Masterclass series 2016: Wednesday 27th April 4pm – 6pm

Playing with embodied narratives of professional becoming and learning

Canterbury Christ Church University – Lg25 (Laud Building)

This Masterclass will be facilitated by Gaia Del Negro & Francesco Cappa, the aims of which are as follows:

To demonstrate the use of a cooperative inquiry, biographic and clinical-reflexive approach in professions of health and social care as a tool for:

  • self-reflection, expression and re-evaluation about yourself and your practice
  • critical reflection on your life journey and increased learning from experience
  • curiosity for other possibilities for your professional self

Gaia and Francesco will propose a possible way to reflect on one’s professional and personal journey of learning through a playful, imaginative and creative use of the arts and writing, with a view to helping you nourishing an embodied and relational sense of self that may benefit the provision of ecological, person-centred and reflexive care services.

There will be an opportunity to actively engage in the spiral of praxis, an experience-based and holistic method of co-operative learning, in order to contact your sense of self and learning journey via moments of memory, drawing, imaginative writing, group activity and final group discussion. Through a kaleidoscope of views and techniques, Gaia and Francesco hope to offer you a space to play with imageries of becoming in professions of care, where the personal and the professional, the individual and the collective may be respectfully composed.

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