Raising Standards and Quality in Nursing Provision

health & social care

08:45 - 16:20

Thursday 12 October 2017

The Midland Hotel, Central Manchester

In light of a worsening nursing crisis, this Forum will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from policy experts and best practice case studies about the future of the nursing landscape and how to deal with impending challenges. Attendees will hear from best practice case studies and keynotes about how to innovatively address the nursing shortfall in the NHS as well as how to utilise technology and other means to offer high quality nursing care.


This Forum is specifically designed for the Health Sectors including Directors of Nursing, Deputy Directors of Nursing, Assistant Directors of Nursing, Chief and Deputy Chief Nurses, Directors of Quality, Deans, Heads of Nursing, Heads of School, Nurse Assessors, Heads of Practice Development, Matrons, Ward Managers and Senior Lecturers and Professional Development Leads. This forum is also designed for the Private Sector to encourage debate and discussion.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Hilary Garratt, Director of Nursing, NHS England
  • Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing Policy and Practice, Royal College of Nursing
  • Geraldine Walters, Director of Education, Standards and Policy, Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Karen Storey, Primary Care – Lead Nurse, Health Education England
*Click here to see other speakers and detailed programme*
Policy Background

There is currently a nursing shortage within the UK and in light of the decision to leave the European Union, the future of nursing looks uncertain, with the number of EU nationals registering in England dropping by 92% since the referendum. This adds to an already precarious situation, with the NHS finding itself in a nursing crisis. Applications for nursing courses have plummeted by almost a quarter since 2016. In addition 1 in 3 nurses are expected to retire in the next 10 years, leaving 24,000 nursing jobs unfulfilled.

The government is determined to address the shortage of nurses as well as ensuring nurses are able to deliver a high quality of care for an ageing population with complex needs. As a result the ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ NHS England report was launched in May 2016 to improve nursing and Midwifery across England. As a part of this report, hospitals and trusts are under increasing pressure to show that their nursing workforces offer compassionate care during significant resource constraints.

As a result, changes were announced to the manner in which nursing students would be funded, with students no longer having their fees paid by Health Education England or bursaries to fund living costs. Instead funding and financial support will be provided through the standard student support system, with the aim to boost the number of nurses. In addition, in March 2017, the Chief Nursing Officer for England announced a new fast track graduate programme to attract nurses and address the nursing shortfall.

It is therefore of vital importance that delegates attend this forum, in order to understand how to innovatively address the nursing shortfall and improve efficencies to deliver improved care that is responsive, patient centred and compassionate.

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Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Professor Helen Allan, Professor in Nursing, Middlesex University (CONFIRMED)


Morning Keynote: The Future of Nursing in the UK

  • Providing an update on the Leading Change, Adding Value – A framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff’ 2016 report and progress thus far to reaching the goals set out in the report
  • Reshaping nursing to meet the demands of of an ageing population by improving care and tackling the nursing shortfall
  • Highlighting the progress made into addressing the gaps that exist in relation to health and wellbeing, care quality and funding and efficiency
  • Addressing variations in preventing ill health, care and efficiency and improving care and patient satisfaction

Hilary Garratt, Director of Nursing, NHS England (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Ensuring High Quality Standards of Nursing

  • Outlining what excellent nursing provision looks like and the barriers that exist in achieving this
  • Explaining what high standards for education, training and conduct for nurses look like and sharing best practice
  • Highlighting  the revalidation processes that all nurses will have to go through for ensuring they keep their skills and knowledge up to date
  • Looking to the future: Outlining potential changes in regulation
  • Explaining the standards of competence for nursing and what effective compliance looks like

Geraldine Walters, Director of Education, Standards and Policy, Nursing and Midwifery Council (CONFIRMED)


Sponsored Session


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: The Role of Nursing Associates in Transforming the Nursing Workforce

  • Reflecting on the Nursing Associate test pilot thus far and lessons learnt
  • Highlighting the positive benefits that nursing associates have brought to the Berkshire Institute for Health, such as adding to the overall care patients receive
  • Improving patient care and efficiency as a result of recruiting nursing associates, giving nurses more time to provide assessment and care as well as undertaking more advanced tasks

Debby Price Deputy Dean, College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare and Florence Makinde, Course Leader, University of West London (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Delivering Quality Nursing Care in an NHS Trust

  • Identifying strong patient experience measures that can be used to develop better and efficient nursing focused outcomes
  • Establishing a comprehensive nursing strategy that places flexibility delivered education and training  at it’s heart, meaning nurses are able to meet their personal and professional goals
  • Improving patient experience through effectively promoting a culture of good communication and involvement of their carers/families

Trish Armstrong-Child, Director of Nursing, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Special Keynote: Evaluating the Current Nursing Landscape

  • Outlining the main challenges facing the nursing profession landscape that has meant a fall in the number of nursing applicants in the UK by 23% and highlighting what can be done to overcome these challenges
  • Highlighting the importance of student education as a key means through which to improve the quality and number of nurses
  • Improving the efficiency of nursing provision through using technology such as eHealth services to meet increasing demands of health care services whilst controlling costs of care
  • Improving the quality of nursing through innovation and creativity, such as acting on patient feedback and providing incentives for innovation and improvement in patient care

Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, Director of Nursing Policy and Practice, Royal College of Nursing (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: The Importance of Training Provision as a Means of Delivering High Quality Nursing Care

  • Outlining the impact of funding changes taking place for nursing students and how this will impact on providing quality nursing care
  • Increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce through schemes such as the Nurse First scheme for graduates
  • Transforming nursing for community and primary care and what the future of nursing will look like in these fields and sharing the latest findings of Transforming Nursing for Community and Primary Care workforce programme
  • Sharing the latest findings of the Transforming Nursing for Community and Primary Care Workforce Programme and examining its implications for the future of nursing

Karen Storey, Primary Care – Lead Nurse, Health Education England (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Improving the Holistic Skills of Nurses

  • Training nursing staff to be dual competent by providing training and development opportunities
  • Sharing best practice on what North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust have been doing to improve the holistic skills of nurses
  • Addressing gaps in patient services through equipping nurses with dual core skills, meaning patients recieve consistency and continuity in care
  • Creating more integrated services within to ensure nurses are dual competent in both physical and mental health

Darryn Allcorn, Director of Nursing, Quality and Workforce, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Utilising Innovative Technology to Reduce Mortality Rates

  • Highlighting how Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are using Patientrack, a handheld device that makes it easier to input important patient data leading to falling mortality rates and addressing major clinical priorities
  • Understanding how collaborating with technology companies and networks can bring about improved patient outcomes, such as a 50% reduction in cardiac arrests, lower risk of mortality for out of hours’ admissions, and reduced critical care length of stay
  • Improving patient care by instantly capturing patient safety digitally through using patientrack, that means doctors are alerted immediately when a patient needs attention
  • Recognising the need to embed working with technology within the culture of the hospital trust

Richard Cox, Matron/ Project Lead, Acute Care Team, ‎Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: The Role of Staff Wellbeing in Delivering an Effective Nursing Workforce

  • Understanding the importance of staff health and wellbeing upon delivering excellent patient care
  • Implementing a system of Excellence Reporting, which rewards excellence amongst staff
  • Initiating focus groups to keep staff engaged and recognise gaps in perceived level of workplace appreciation and recognition

Melanie Johnson, Director of Nursing and Quality, City Hospitals Sunderland, NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair's Closing Remarks

*programme subject to change

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