November 2018 update

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

A number of papers have been published this year (click on the Publications tab for details). And the International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care has published a Special Issue: Threshold Concepts in Health and Social Care, edited by Linda Martindale, Sarah Barradell, Hilary Neve and Ray Land with a wide range of stimulating and interesting papers from across the health professions.

Please let us know if you aware of additional papers and we will add these.

FOR YOUR DIARY: There are also several relevant upcoming conferences:

Threshold Concepts and TBL events, University of Dundee: 26th-28th June 2019 

Wednesday 26th June 2019: European Team-Based Learning Community Masterclass (whole-day event)

Thursday 27th June 2019:  Threshold Concepts in Action Conference (whole day event)

Friday 28th June 2019:  Threshold Concepts in Health Special Interest Group meeting. Morning: papers/discussion with virtual access for members at a distance; Afternoon: research/writing workshop; sharing advice and ideas

Delegates can attend all 3 days, or just the Threshold Concept days. Conference fee (day 2&3) expected to be £50.  Further information should be available by 18th December with an abstract submission date towards the end of February. Watch this space!

AMEE 2019: 24th – 28th August 2019, Austria Centre, Vienna

This large international Medical Education conference includes delegates from across the health professions. One of its themes this year is Threshold Concepts, so you may want to think about submitting a paper.

Abstract submissions by 6 February 2019 (MIDNIGHT UK TIME).

Eight International Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference

The 8th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference is, we understand, planned for 2020 at University College London (UCL), London, United Kingdom

We will post more information when available



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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:

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