Nurses add value

The Trust welcomed almost 300 health professionals to its annual Nursing Conference on Friday 16 September 2016

The Trust welcomed almost 300 health professionals to its annual Nursing Conference on Friday 16 September 2016.

The conference gave nurses across the Trust the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the positive differences they make to people’s lives every day.

Nurses, associate practitioners, health care assistants, experts by experience, carers, care coordinators, team managers and many more were welcomed to the conference by Elizabeth Moody, Director of Nursing and Governance who opened the event at Ramside Hall in Durham.

Based on the theme ‘Nurses adding value’ attendees were able to hear from prestigious keynote speakers and take part in a wide range of interactive workshops that showcased the work going on in the Trust today.

Malcolm Rae, OBEand former joint lead for the Acute Care Programme of the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) gave an uplifting presentation about clinical leadership being key to good service provision and reminded staff that they all have potential to be leaders and inspire hope in others.

Malcolm said: “I have retired now so it’s great to know that the profession is in good hands. I have really enjoyed ‘rubbing shoulders’ at the conference with so many enthusiastic and positive people. It has been a great event!”

Terry Waite, CBE and humanitarian shared insights of his time in captivity and lessons in survival; providing food for thought for nurses present about how to cope with pressure and resolve conflict in everyday situations.

The Trust’s Experts by Experience, a group of service user/survivors who use their unique experience, knowledge and expertise to bring about positive change to service delivery and staff attitudes, gave a thought provoking presentation on recovery and insight into where they feel nurses can best add value.

Interactive workshops and poster presentations were very well-received on the day.

Elizabeth Moody, director of nursing and governance at TEWV said: “The annual nursing conference is a great way of celebrating the nursing profession within Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and reminding everyone of the unique contribution of nurses bring.”