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2nd Children’s Hospital Education Specialists Symposium (CHESS - 2)

An Undergraduate State of Mind

Tuesday March 10th 2020
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool

In today’s healthcare educational environment, we need systems, methods, and materials to evolve and change to meet the needs of tomorrow’s professionals.

As those involved in delivering paediatric healthcare, one of our objectives is to best equip children and young people with the minds and bodies for their future roles and responsibilities as adults. As educational specialists, we need to similarly reflect on how we prepare undergraduates for the future challenges they will face as postgraduate students, NHS staff, and life-long learners in healthcare. 

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How do undergraduate students learn in the modern world? How should children’s hospitals be responsive to the changing needs of undergraduates across all healthcare-related degrees? How can paediatric centres inspire school leavers and undergraduates to consider careers and postgraduate degrees in child health, or with a child health focus? What is the role of apprentices, volunteers, and vocational training schemes within a children’s hospital?

We hope to generate discussion and thought on the challenges facing students from the point of leaving secondary school education, through their journey to NHS employment. How do undergraduate students across different healthcare-related degrees learn, develop, and feedback during their children’s hospital and community placements? How does this impact their future learning and career choices?

Here at Alder Hey, we believe in Strong Foundations, Doing the Basics Brilliantly, and Building The Future.  A positive undergraduate experience can be the launch pad for excellence among future postgraduate learners in paediatric healthcare.
Join us for a morning of plenary sessions followed by an afternoon of networking to discover theories, strategies, and opportunities in educating the next generation of the NHS paediatric workforce in a complex, technologically- enhanced, changing world.

Come meet our Higher Educational Institution (HEI) and local community partners, and see educational partnerships in action at the Alder Hey Academy, located within Alder Hey Children’s Health Park. 

CHESS-2 Organising Committee
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Getting to Alder Hey Children's Hospital
You can find all of the information you need for getting to Alder Hey on our dedicated page here.

Event Agenda
You can find full details about the symposium sessions below:

Morning Session

'The Journey'

Afternoon Session

The Marketplace

Reserve your place
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We look forward to March 2020, where we can warmly welcome you to Liverpool and to Alder Hey: The Land of Remarkable People!


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