We will post information about future threshold concept conferences, including the Biennial International Threshold Concept conference as soon as we know more

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Please click on the “publications” tab at the top to see a list of past and recent Threshold Concepts in health publications

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8th Biennial TC Conference “Threshold Concepts in the Moment” – University College London. 7–9 July 2021 online

It might have been a year late, but this fantastic conference, which ran over 24 hours, enabled participants to join and interact from across the globe.

Conference Sub-themes were:

  • Disciplinary retrospectives: transforming the disciplines;
  • Practice based thresholds: embedding thresholds within professional practices;
  • Liminality: knock knock knocking on transformation’s door;
  • Thresholds and curriculum design: new horizons;
  • Troublesome not tricky: not all that challenges is a threshold;
  • Avoiding swampy ground: acknowledging the pitfalls and planning for the future.

Further details at

While most of the keynotes, presentations and roundtables had great relevance to us as educators and education researchers, those related specifially to health included:

Philip Davidson (Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK), Ceri Butler (Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK), Sarah Rafferty (East Surrey Hospital, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, UK): Medical Student Simulation Teaching and Novel Threshold Concepts

Natasha Hubbard Murdoch (Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Canada): Describing the healthcare student threshold concept of interprofessionality: A phenomenography

Rachel Thompson (The University of New South Wales, Australia): Crossing the threshold to expertise: Critical thinking for clinical practice

Michelle Lazarus (Monash University, Australia), Charlotte Rees (Monash University, Australia); Georgina Stephens (Monash University, Australia): Incorporating shades of grey into higher education: Can we affect students’ tolerance of uncertainty/ambiguity through curricular practices?

Hilary Neve (University of Plymouth Peninsula Medical School, UK); Sarah Barradell (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia); Deanne Clouder (Coventry University, UK); Andy Wearn (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)(Roundtable): Understanding the complexity of professional touch: combining qualitative research synthesis with threshold concepts

Peter Jones (Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust, Bolton University & Hodges’ model, UK): Knock, knock or Bang, bang? The moment when threshold concepts turn around a door

Susie Wilson (University of Cumbria, UK): Threshold graphics in occupational therapy: student learning in-between threshold concepts and inquiry graphics

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August 2019 Update

AMEE2019 Vienna  


AMEE 2019 was a great conference for those of us involved in study or using threshold concepts. Threshold concepts were one of the main conference themes so it really raised their profile within health profession education. Ray Land is gave an inspiring keynote and there were several threshold-related workshops :

  • Thresholds in relation to global health (David Davies et al)
  • Putting thresholds into practice in health profession education (Hilary Neve et al)
  • Thresholds in relation to being a good doctor (Katherine Hall et al)
  • Addressing challenges in undergrad and postgrad education using threshold concepts (Ralph Pinnock et al)
  • A round table session on threshold concepts (Olle ten Cate et al).

In addition there were a number of presentations e.g.

  • Communication skills and reflective practice as thresholds in dental education practice (Shahid Mitha et al)
  • A simulation approach to addressing thresholds in clinical placement (Claire Spiller et al)
  • Two sessions on Self Regulated Learning as a threshold concepts (Sarah Meek; Ana Vnuk)
  • Thresholds in relation to safeguarding children and IPE (Rachel Carter)

To find out more, the abstract book is available at  Abstract Book  To search the PDF press Ctrl+F

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March 2019 update

Lots is happening in the world of Threshold Concepts and health!


Threshold Concepts in Action, University of Dundee: 27th-28th June 

Thursday 27th June 2019:  Threshold Concepts in Action Conference.

  • Closing date for submission of 300 word abstracts: Monday 18 March 2019
  • Successful authors will be notified by Monday 15 April 2019
  • Conference fee £50

Friday 28th June 2019:  Threshold Concepts in Health Special Interest Group meeting 9am-2pm

There is also a team based learning event on Wednesday 26th June

We hope to see you there!

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TCs in Health day…

The summer is passing at top speed, and it seems no time since the Threshold Concepts conference in at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. We had a productive and enjoyable day, with some colleagues who are veteran Threshold Concepts conference goers and others at their first conference. For most of the morning we linked up with colleagues in Glasgow, Coventry and Plymouth in the UK. The day generated lively discussion and lots of ideas for how to take the group forward in the future. The first step is setting up a Slack community for discussion and sharing. All our existing contacts will be added to this automatically, but if you’d like to join this group, just get in touch…

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Pre-conference event

Come this way… to our pre-conference event that will held on Wednesday June 15th. We’re planning a morning of discussion, short presentations and debate, focusing on the theme “To disaggregate or not…” We’ll be linking up by videoconference with colleagues in Glasgow and once that’s over there’ll be opportunity to continue the discussion over lunch and on into the afternoon for those who want. So, if you’re going to be in Halifax on Tuesday and have an interest in threshold concepts around health and social care then register for this free event. Contact or if you want to come along.


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6th TCs conference: pre-conference health event

Join us at Dalhousie University, Halifax Canada for a one day, pre-conference event where we’ll be focusing on threshold concepts in health and social care. In the morning we’ll link up to Glasgow for a joint session with papers and discussion. The main afternoon session will be a workshop: To disaggregate or not, the dilemma of complex threshold concepts. There may be a small charge for catering for this day, but no other fees will apply. To register to attend please email or

For information about the conference:

Dalhousie University (CC licence)


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