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Open Call for Submissions: Using applied drama in nursing and healthcare education

Open Call for Submissions: Using applied drama in nursing and healthcare education

Health Action Training, who formed part of the ICAF 2023 Festival Programme, are looking for contributors for their upcoming publication: Using applied drama in nursing and healthcare education: A handbook for educators. Could this be you? Please read the full information below and respond no later than Friday 3rd July, 13.00pm BST.

Editors and Authors: Richard Kyle, Alex Mermikides, Sara Donnetto, Karl Tizzard-Kleister, Catherine Mahoney, Terry Firth, and Sally Richardson

We are seeking contributors to our book on drama and healthcare education, which has already been accepted for publication.

In recent years there has been increasing interest in the interconnection between the performing arts and the performance of care. Applied drama has been used by educators to enable healthcare students to engage with concepts such as compassion, empathy, and dignity, and to enhance communication, interprofessional teamwork and therapeutic relationships. It has also been used to help healthcare students develop an understanding of political and policy forces that shape experiences and access to care. 

We aim to collate perspectives on this interconnected approach and to present some guiding principles for ways in which to work effectively across these disciplines, particularly in an educational context. We are seeking proposals for contributions to section three, which presents projects that typify and/or challenge what it means to work in the area. We encourage contributors to bring drama and health expertise together in any way they see fit, for example, by having both a drama and a health representative on their authorship. Contributors will work alongside the book editors and other authors to inform and enrich the other sections of the book.

Though open to all submissions, we strongly encourage submissions from projects that: 

  • Involve or are led by under-represented folk
  • Involve work outside of the UK
  • Present projects with a clear and distinct novelty
  • Are any education level, including CPD/training with clear learning outcomes
  • Involve other healthcare professions than nursing, or that ask the question of what counts as healthcare
  • Involve students and/or the public
  • Are established projects beyond the pilot stage
  • Use drama to go beyond simulation


  • Proposals are due by Friday 3rd May at 13.00 BST.
  • Successful proposals will be notified by Friday 17th May.
  • First drafts of their chapters (4000-6000 words) will be due by Wednesday 31st July 2024
  • Developed final drafts (4000-6000 words) due by Thursday 31st October 2024.

Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words and should include: The author’s full name(s), affiliation, biography, relevant project history, contact details, location, and any relevant access requirements (max 150 words). To submit a proposal, please send the above material to both section three editors:

Dr Karl Tizzard-Kleister


Terry Firth

Good luck submitting!