Clinical Academic staff: Strategic issues conference

We are delighted to be offering this very popular annual conference for HEI and NHS colleagues responsible for policy and practice around the employment of clinical academic staff as a one-day, in-person event in central London on Thursday 9 February 2023.

The conference explores strategic workforce and employment issues for HEIs and NHS bodies that employ academic doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. It will reflect on the implications for employment policies and practices and importantly bring together those with a direct interest in the employment and management of clinical academic staff. 

The conference will be chaired by Professor Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Kent and Chair of UCEA’s Clinical Academic Staff Advisory Group

Confirmed sessions and speakers as are follows:
  • Employing Clinical Academic doctors and dentists: Current issues and dwindling numbers – what can we do? - Katie Petty-Saphon, Chief Executive, Medical Schools Council
  • Optimising the experience of NIHR trainees - Dr Lisa Cotterill, Chief Executive Officer of the NIHR Academy
  • National Clinical Impact Awards: The transition arrangements and the scheme - Kevin Davies, Medical Director, ACCIA
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting clinical academic nurses, midwives and allied health professionals - Professor Bridie Kent, University of Plymouth and member of the Council of Deans of Health CARIN Network and Vicky Petersen, HR Manager, Northumbria University
  • Pensions issues for those employed across HE & the NHS - Sue Nowak, Interim Head of Pension Policy, NHS England and Carey Southward, Head of Pensions and Benefits, Imperial College
  • Clinical Academics: legal update - Helen Mortlock, Legal Director, Eversheds Sutherland

Additional content and speaker names will be announced shortly, and we would also welcome any suggestions on issues that colleagues would particularly like the conference to cover.

Please share the information on this conference with fellow HR professionals, Deans and other senior management colleagues working in HEIs with medical, dental and health care faculties or schools. Member HEIs are also most welcome to invite HR/senior management colleagues from health service partner bodies to book onto the conference. Please ask them to email for more information. 


The event will take place between 10.00 am and 3.45 pm on Thursday 9 February 2023
The timed programme can be found below:
 Clinical Academic staff - Strategic issues conference - programme

Attendance fee and how to book

The UCEA member attendee price for this conference is £425 per place. 
When you book you have the option of paying for a place by credit/debit card or to be invoiced.
When booking a place, you now have the option of paying online by credit card (note our online booking system indicates the ticket as £425 (VAT free). You can of course be invoiced for the £425 (VAT free) attendance fee (note our online booking system indicates the invoice ticket as £0, you will be invoiced for 425) 

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