OET is pleased to announce that registrations for the 2021 OET Forum are now open. This will be the fifth annual OET Forum, which attracts hundreds of delegates each year from our OET community and the healthcare sector.
This year the Forum will be held on 23 September and will be truly global, being held online for all to attend. Previously the Forum has been held in London, Kochi and Melbourne.
Our theme – Mobilising a Global Healthcare Workforce – is motivated by the global pandemic, which has underlined the need for an agile and adaptable healthcare workforce while being sensitive to the needs of both destination and source countries.
An impressive line-up of speakers will present at the Forum. Professor Ged Byrne, Director of Global Engagement, Health Education England, will deliver the keynote presentation on the topic of ‘the NHS in international markets’. The agenda will also feature a presentation by Professor Jane Fisher AO, Finkel Professor of Global Health at Monash University, Australia on the role of gender in healthcare communication in multi-cultural settings. A panel discussion led by Dr Brigita Seguis of Cambridge English, will examine English communication skills along the continuum of medical education and into practice. The panel will feature Professor Des Gorman, Paul Rockey, MD, MPH and Arlene Bautista of Frimley NHS Foundation Trust, who will examine the role of the OSCE through this lens.
Sujata Stead, CEO of OET, said: ‘Healthcare workers and providers are facing incredible challenges during the pandemic, and I look forward to discussing how we can support an agile and globally mobile healthcare workforce which is cognisant of the needs of both destination and source countries. We’re proud of OET’s contribution to workforce mobility through English language testing and training, allowing healthcare professionals to deliver safe and effective care in English-speaking environments around the world.’
The Forum is suited to and is free for healthcare employers and recruiters, practice educators, OET test delivery partners, and medical English and healthcare communication experts.