Upcoming Events

2014

April 2014

28/04/2014Patient Experience Insight: Demonstrating Responsiveness To Feedback
Location: ICO Conference Centre, London
The conference will provide a practical guide to measuring, understanding and acting on patient experience insight, and demonstrating responsiveness both to individual patient feedback and to insight from patients as an organisation as a whole.
For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
29/04/2014Effective Ward Manager
Location: Hallam Conference Centre
The conference will update delegates on the changing role of the Ward Manager. The Francis Inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust recommended that: “Ward nurse managers should operate in a supervisory capacity, and not be office-bound or expected to double up, except in emergencies as part of the nursing provision on the ward. They should know about the care plans relating to every patient on his or her ward. They should make themselves visible to patients and staff alike, and be available to discuss concerns with all, including relatives. Critically, they should work alongside staff as a role model and mentor, developing clinical competencies and leadership skills within the team. As a corollary, they would monitor performance and deliver training and /or feedback as appropriate, including a robust annual appraisal.”
For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
30/04/2014Recognising and Responding to the Deteriorating Patient
Location: Hallam Conference Centre, London

This one day conference focuses on recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient through improving the reliability of patient observations and ensuring quality of care to reduce failure to rescue of acutely ill patients. The conference opens with a focus on moving forward with the implementation of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) the pilot of which was released last year.

The conference continues with a focus on identifying patients at risk of deterioration, improving practice in patient observations, responding to the deteriorating patient, improving detection and response to deterioration out of hours and in non acute hospital settings.

This conference follows the recent report from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death “Time to Intervene” which finds that a third of in-hospital cardiac arrests are avoidable with proper assessment and intervention...the most worrying finding is that patients are dying unnecessarily as a result of inadequate care in hospital. NCEPOD

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.

May 2014

01/05/2014Hip Fracture: Meeting The National Quality Standard and Learning from NHFD
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

The quality standard for hip fracture includes 14 quality statements which encompass the whole hip fracture pathway. It states that people with hip fracture should have their surgery performed on the day of, or the day after, admission. People with hip fracture should also be offered a physiotherapist assessment the day after surgery and mobilisation at least once a day unless medically or surgically contraindicated. The standard also states that people with hip fracture be offered a multifactorial risk assessment to identify and address the risk of future falls, and provide individualised intervention as appropriate.

This event focuses on meeting the new national Quality Standard for Hip Fracture and Learning from the National Hip Fracture Database findings in your service and organisation. The conference will also cover the development of the Falls and Fragility Audit Programme and local exemplar case studies of improving the hip fracture pathway.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
01/05/2014Demonstrating and Expanding Nurse Competence
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

This conference provides a practical guide to measuring, demonstrating and safely expanding nursing competence with a focus on delivering the competence element of the 6C’s and demonstrating competence in preparation for Nursing Revalidation. The day will focus on developing competence in advanced nursing roles and practice, both technical and non technical skills, using competency frameworks, identifying and expanding competences needed for practice, leadership competencies, monitoring nursing competence and identifying and responding where there may be shortfalls or a lack of competence.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
08/05/2014Prudent Antimicrobial Prescribing
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

This conference focuses on improving prescribing practice and antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals, a key recommendation of the national 5 year antimicrobial resistance strategy. The conference will cover implementing the strategy in hospitals, understanding what interventions work to improve antimicrobial prescribing, an extended session on antimicrobial stewardship, ensuring prudent antibiotic prescribing in nursing and by junior doctors, ensuring correct diagnosis before prescribing, the role of electronic prescribing in improving antimicrobial prescribing practice and developing the role of the antimicrobial pharmacist.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
13/05/2014Masterclass: Health Interoperability
Location: Cavendish Conference Centre, London

This masterclass provides a thorough but broad overview of health interoperability and clinical terminology, focusing on HL7 CDA and SNOMED CT in particular, as used in the NHS Interoperability Tool Kit (ITK).

This course covers the use of HL7 (Version 2 and V3 CDA) together with SNOMED CT. These are all part of the NHS Interoperability Tool Kit (ITK).

This masterclass is aimed at anyone tasked with how best to implement interoperable health systems or integrated care. In particular it is aimed at those involved in Health IM&T services, who need a wider understanding of how all the bits fit together.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
13/05/2014Caldicott Guardian Training Masterclass
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

A one day masterclass to provide both an introduction to newcomers and a wide ranging update for more experienced Caldicott Guardians, Caldicott Officers, & Information Governance Leads to understand the requirements of Caldicott and to become confident in recognising and in making both basic and complex Caldicott Guardian decisions.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
14/05/2014Investigating Incidents And The Duty Of Candour
Location: Cavendish Conference Centre, London

In the wake of the Francis Inquiry into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust the Department of Health has introduced a contractual duty of candour that requires NHS and Foundation trust staff to be open and honest with patients and their families about patient safety incidents.

This new duty emphasises the need for patient safety incidents to be investigated using a robust methodology; for investigation reports to be evidentially sound, accessible and focused on producing actionable and reasonable recommendations.

This training day will equip delegates with a proven methodology and a highly-regarded report structure that will help with the investigation of incidents and the production of reports.

Facilitated by Kate Hill, Senior Solicitor at RadcliffeLeBrasseur Solicitors and Senior Trainer at InPractice Training.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
14/05/2014Masterclass: How To Write A Business Plan For A Nurse-Led Service
Location: BPP Law School, London

The NHS is going through a period of unprecedented change. Nurse leaders are learning new skills and taking on more responsibility as the number of nurse-led services grow and nurses are playing a more active role in managing people’s health and wellbeing.
This course offers a perspective on nursing led services in delivering effective management through the planning, formulating, delivery and evaluation of the business and management of health services. It provides nursing leaders with a theoretical framework grounded in practical case studies to enable participants to foster a balanced perspective of developing a business plan in the context of quality care.

Bruce Sheppy is an experienced businessman and academic with extensive board experience in healthcare contexts including Director of a private hospital group as well in a NHS acute trust, including Chair and Audit Committee roles.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
14/05/2014Improving Medication Safety in MH and Reducing Impact of Side Effects on Physical Health
Location: ICO Conference Centre, London

“We must make sure we tackle the higher levels of mortality and reduced life expectancy in patients with mental illness and we are committed to pushing mental health to the top of the NHS agenda”.
Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England, 22 January 2014

This conference will focus on improving medication safety in mental health, reducing the impact of medication side effects, improving prescribing and reducing the reliance on medications in mental health. Practical case study sessions will highlight how organisations have reduced the impact of side effects of psychotropic medications on the physical health of their patients, how they have reduced medications overall, and improved adherence where medication use is recommended. Sessions will also look at the scale of medication errors in mental health and how the number and severity of errors in terms of harm can be reduced. The closing session will look at the developing national NHS safety thermometer and in particular the new medication safety thermometer in mental health.

“Patients with schizophrenia will on average die 14.6 years earlier, bipolar 10.1 and patients with schizoaffective disorder eight years earlier than the general population. They are dying of the same conditions as the general population but have the life expectancy of people living in the 1950s.”
Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England, 22 January 2014

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
15/05/2014Improving Nutrition and Hydration in Hospital
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

This conference focuses on improving nutrition and hydration on the wards with a focus on eliminating harm from malnutrition in hospital and developing a zero tolerance approach. Sessions will cover monitoring progress against the NICE quality standard, improving nutrition and hydration in hospital, meeting the CQC standards and learning from inspections, delivering a framework to reduce malnutrition among older people as recommended by the Francis Inquiry, delivering zero tolerance of harm from malnutrition, practical case studies of improvement and a final focus on working with the community and a focus on vulnerable adults and malnutrition as a safeguarding issue.

“The arrangements and best practice for providing food and drink to elderly patients require constant review, monitoring and implementation – accepted by the Government”
The Government Response to the Francis Inquiry November 2013

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
20/05/2014Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions
Location: Colmore Gate Conference Centre, London

“The NHS Outcomes Framework should complement the indicator of ‘excess under-75 mortality in people with severe mental illness’ with an additional indicator that measures excess mortality in people with mild or moderate mental illness. Without this, the picture of premature mortality is incomplete. There should be an expectation that the mortality differential will reduce year on year.”
Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality Achieving parity between mental and physical health, Royal College of Psychiatrists 2013
“It’s crucial we address the scandal of the poorer physical health experienced by people with severe mental illness.”
The Schizophrenia Commission 2012

Focussing on objective three: More people with mental health problems will have good physical health, of the Mental Health Strategy, this conference takes a practical case study based approach learning from organisations that have succeeded in addressing the challenge of improving the physical health of people with mental health conditions.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
20/05/2014Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation
Location: ICO Conference Centre, London

“Appraisal systems are a key tool to monitor and enforce standards and to reinforce a caring culture. the Nursing and Midwifery Council should introduce common minimum standards for appraisal and support with which responsible officers would be obliged to comply. They could be required to report to the Nursing and Midwifery Council on their performance on a regular basis As part of a mandatory annual performance appraisal, each Nurse, regardless of workplace setting, should be required to demonstrate in their annual learning portfolio an up-to-date knowledge of nursing practice and its implementation. Alongside developmental requirements, this should contain documented evidence of recognised training undertaken, including wider relevant learning. It should also demonstrate commitment, compassion and caring for patients, evidenced by feedback from patients and families on the care provided by the nurse. This portfolio and each annual appraisal should be made available to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, if requested, as part of a nurse’s revalidation process. At the end of each annual assessment, the appraisal and portfolio should be signed by the nurse as being an accurate and true reflection and be countersigned by their appraising manager as being such.”
The Francis Inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust February 2013

This conference focuses on the development of revalidation in nursing and developing effective and strengthened nursing appraisal to support the nursing revalidation process.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
21/05/2014Eliminating Avoidable Pressure Ulcers
Location: Colmore Gate Conference Centre, London

This conference focuses on eliminating avoidable pressure ulcers through implementing stop the pressure, and the forthcoming NICE guidelines and quality standards for the prevention and management of pressure ulcers in your service which are due to be published in April 2014. The conference will included sessions on implementing stop the pressure on the wards, celebrating success and changing the culture, understanding what is and what is not avoidable and there will also be extended interactive sessions focused on pressure ulcer grading and reporting, including unstageable pressure ulcers, and an in depth legal focus developing your skills in undertaking root cause analysis on pressure ulcers.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
22/05/2014Masterclass: Getting Your Message Across
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

Are you working in a role where you constantly have to influence people who are in a more senior position than you? Are you required to provide an opinion or put things into practice and want to get your message across or be heard? If so, this masterclass is for you.

This master class will explore how to create influence and impact from your personal power rather than a position of authority. Discover strategies and tactics for making a lasting impression and having the inner confidence to speak up and be heard. Learn how to read the subtleties in other people language and use these to get your message across.

Participants will leave with a toolbox of tactics and techniques to build their influencing and communication skills.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
22/05/2014Clinical Audit Masterclass
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

Overview

Clinical audit currently has a high profile in the healthcare sector and links into many initiatives and work programmes, including: Quality Accounts, QIPP, CQUINs, NHSLA requirements, etc. From 2012 all clinicians must undertake and report on personal clinical audit projects for Revalidation. Previous studies have shown that clinical audit projects often fall short of their potential and this course teaches learners best practice in clinical audit and enables attendees to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Who should attend?

Clinical audit is relevant to all healthcare professionals and is now part of the contracts of employment for many staff.
Clinical Audit Masterclass is suitable for anyone who has a basic understanding of the clinical audit process and who wants to learn more. The training will also be of value to healthcare managers and professionals who have a lead role in implementing high quality clinical audit within their organisation.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
23/05/2014Undertaking Adult Safeguarding Investigations and Serious Case Reviews
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

This event provides in depth masterclasses focusing on developing your skills in Adult Safeguarding Investigations and serious case reviews. The Care Bill has recently completed its first reading House of Lords stages on 29 October 2013 and was presented to the House of Commons on 30 October 2013. The conference will look at the implications of the new Care Bill for Adult Safeguarding and Serious Case Reviews.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
23/05/2014Smoking Cessation In Mental Health
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

This conference which features a number of extended interactive sessions will provide a practical guide to smoking cessation in mental health, ensuring your service effectively supports people with mental illness to stop smoking and does so within a smoke free environment.

Smoking is extremely common in people with mental disorders, causing major reductions in life expectancy and quality of life, exacerbating poverty and presenting major economic costs to the NHS and wider society…Smoking is around twice as common among people with mental disorders, and more so in those with more severe disease.”
Smoking and Mental Health, Royal College of Psychiatrists & Royal College of Physicians 2013

“ It is astonishing that people with severe mental illness are in some cases 3 or 4 times more likely to die prematurely from the ‘big killer’ diseases, when compared to the population as a whole… Thousands of people with mental illness die prematurely every year, and as the report notes, differences in life expectancy for people with severe mental illness, when compared to the population as a whole, are truly shocking. Many of these lives could be saved by improving access to universal population health services for people with mental illness.”
Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care Services, June 2013

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.

June 2014

02/06/2014Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix in Mental Health
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

“NHS mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services: there were improvements in ensuring the care and welfare of people with a mental health problem or a learning disability. However, we still uncovered problems in one in eight inspections. Staffing issues were proving the most difficult problem to resolve, with no improvement and one in 10 inspections raising concerns." Care Quality Commission, State of Care Report November 2013

This conference focuses on ensuring safe and effective Nurse Staffing Levels and Skill mix in mental health settings– how to ensure the right people, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right time. The conference will look at meeting the expectations laid down by NHS England, looking forward to the NICE guidance on safe staffing levels in mental health in patient and mental health community settings due later this year and through case studies and expert sessions provide a practical guide to delivering the recommendations in your service.

“The evidence base in relation to workforce planning and safe and effective staffing within mental health, learning disability and community settings is less established than that for acute care settings. Work is under way through Compassion in Practice Action Area Five to understand what workforce planning tools exist for these care settings and to pilot these tools or develop new tools. A critical issue in mental health services is the therapeutic relationship and skilful interaction between staff and individual patients. The ethos, models of care and philosophy are also important factors in determining staffing establishments in mental health. The composition of the multiprofessional team in mental health settings, for example the presence of occupational therapists and psychologists, will have a direct impact upon nurse staffing requirements.” How to ensure the right people, with the right skills, are in the right place at the right time NHS England 2013

Follow the conference on Twitter #MentalNursing

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
02/06/2014Developing An Effective Syncope Service
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

Syncope or Transient loss of consciousness (‘blackouts’) will affect around half of the UK population. For most people, these will have a simple explanation; for example, if a person has been standing for a long time, feels stressed or anxious, or if they have had a sudden exposure to an unpleasant sight or experience. However blackouts can also have a cardiovascular or neurological cause, such as heart disease or epilepsy, which may be undetected or misdiagnosed.

This important conference focuses on delivering an effective syncope service: ensuring accurate diagnosis and effective management. Trudie Caroline Anne Lobban MBE Founder and CEO STARS will open the conference discussing how to improve the syncope pathway from the patient perspective. The conference features in depth extended sessions firstly focusing on developing an effective syncope service – ensuring accurate diagnosis and effective management from Dr Boon Lim Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for Syncope Service Imperial College Healthcare and then a further extended session focusing on the effective management of syncope and falls related to syncope from Professor Christopher Mathias Professor of Neurovascular Medicine University of London . Further sessions will update delegates on current evidence, developing the service, assessment, diagnosis and management of syncope and ensuring an integrated syncope and falls service.

Follow the conference on Twitter #syncope

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
03/06/2014Clinical Audit for Nurses Masterclass
Location: Cavendish Conference Centre, London

This masterclass will demonstrate the audit cycle step by step. The aim is to provide nurses with the confidence and key skills to enable them to conduct audits independently and effectively. The masterclass will be interactive from the outset and participants are strongly encouraged to come with an idea of what they would like to audit, in order to achieve results from the day.

This is not an ordinary ‘study day’ – it is a masterclass with 1:1 advice time incorporated into the day for those who would like individual consultation to address specific audit issues. If you have ever thought audit was boring you will be inspired to think differently after this day.

The masterclass will only assume a basic knowledge of the audit cycle itself and pre-reading material will be provided by email for this purpose.

The day will appeal to nurses who would like to:

  1. Understand the Audit Process with top tips to make audit easy!
  2. Write a standard relevant to the audit you want to do
  3. Be able to design ‘bespoke audit forms’
  4. Analyse and Interpret data effectively for presentation (not statistics)
  5. Formulate an audit report
  6. Construct recommendations for practice

A guide to audit will be provided and core materials to ensure that nurses have easy reference materials, which support them back in practice.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
03/06/2014Caldicott Guardian Training Masterclass
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

A one day master class to provide both an introduction to newcomers and a wide ranging update for more experienced Caldicott Guardians, Caldicott Officers, & Information Governance Leads to understand the requirements of Caldicott and to become confident in recognising and in making both basic and complex Caldicott Guardian decisions.

This course is based on practical experience and will feature a large and varied range of case studies covering a multitude of situations and ages from cradle to grave, and even beyond! The course is not “Powerpoint” based and participants will have the opportunity to engage as individuals and as a group throughout the day to discuss the case studies and become more confident in making their own Caldicott decisions.

Facilitated by Christopher Fincken; Chairman of the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians and was for eleven years the Caldicott Guardian of an Acute Hospital serving a cathedral city and a large rural population.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
03/06/2014Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults
Location: ICO Conference Centre, London

The updated Guidelines on Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults were released by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the 12th February 2014.

“We hope this new guideline heralds a significant shift in how people experiencing psychosis and schizophrenia and their families will be supported. Its emphasis on recovery, rather than just reducing symptoms, is what matters to patients and their families.” Rethink, 12th February 2014

Elizabeth Kuipers, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and chair of the guideline development group, said: "There have been many developments since the original recommendations were published - we now know a lot more about successfully reducing the risk or preventing the development of psychosis.The newly updated guideline recommends the use of CBT, rather than antipsychotics, for people at risk of developing psychosis, along with interventions in line with NICE guidance on anxiety disorders, depression, and emerging personality disorder or substance misuse if they have coexisting problems." February 2014

Professor Mark Baker, Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice, NICE, said: "Since the original was published in 2002 there has been a new emphasis on how to detect and treat this condition earlier and also an increased focus on long-term recovery.This guideline sets out how best to treat and manage people with schizophrenia, from the first episode through to management of further acute episodes and longer term care."

Through national updates, case studies and extended sessions this conference focuses on implementing the updated guideline in practice in your service.

Follow the conference on Twitter #Schizophrenia

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
11/06/2014Masterclass: Effective Time Management Skills
Location: BPP Law School, London

This one day masterclass is aimed at healthcare professionals at all levels who wish to have the opportunity to reflect on their current approaches to managing their time and learn about steps they can take to become even more effective.

In the ever evolving landscape of healthcare provision the need to work more efficiently and achieve ‘more with less’ is more important than ever. The greatest asset we have is our time and personal effectiveness is directly proportional to the degree in which we manage our time effectively.

Aimed at healthcare professionals at all levels this interactive 1-day programme will explore how you can be more productive and make more efficient use of the time you have. The Time Management Toolkit provided will help you to bring more clarity to how you plan your working life and your personal commitments. This course will empower you to become more efficient both within your professional and personal settings.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
11/06/2014Implementing the Named Responsible Doctor and Nurse in Hospital
Location: ICO Conference Centre, London

“My ideal is when you go into a hospital there is a named consultant responsible for your whole stay.. if I’m the patient I want to know where the buck stops – named nurse and named consultant… ideally people are seeing the same doctors and nurse, restoring the doctor/patient relationship, seeing the same clinician they saw last time”

Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health speaking at Healthcare Conferences UK Conference on 5th February 2014.

“I want to mention 1 important theme for this year.. an example is to encourage hospitals to put the name of responsible consultants and nurses above every bed. We used to do this in the NHS but most hospitals stopped with the arrival of multi-disciplinary teams. Of course these teams are very important, but we also know that sometimes patients can feel pushed from pillar to post inside a hospital without anyone taking overall charge. So this year I hope all hospitals will consider the best way to make sure there is someone senior taking responsibility for patient’s whole stay in a hospital – not just for solving individual medical problems and then passing them on to another team. Everyone will have different approaches to achieving this, so please work together with the leadership in your trust to find the best solution for your patients” Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health New Year Message to the NHS, 10th January 2014

This conference focuses on implementing the named responsible doctor and nurse in hospital – improving continuity of care through ensuring every patient in hospital has a named doctor and nurse responsible for their care over the whole hospital stay.

Follow the conference on Twitter #NamedClinician

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
16/06/2014Midwife Appraisal and Revalidation
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

This conference focuses on the development of revalidation for midwives and the role a strengthened midwifery appraisal plays in support of midwife revalidation.

Commenting on the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) plans on revalidation of nurses and midwives, Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: “The RCM is pleased to have been involved in discussions on this issue. There is no doubt that It is essential for public safety that midwives are competent and safe practitioners, and the public should rightly expect health professionals to show they are up to date on their practice…The RCM wants to see appraisal, which is part of midwives’ UK wide terms and conditions, work, but if this is to be the basis of revalidation it will need to be delivered uniformly across the NHS…The proposals appear to suggest a three yearly enhanced form of appraisal, but the issue is that currently a significant proportion of midwives do not get an appraisal and of those that do a large number do not find it useful…We look forward to working with the NMC to move these proposals forward so that they work for midwives and importantly ensure competence and safety to protect the public.”

The conference will also look at the role of statutory supervision and annual assessment of competence and how this could fit with a new appraisal and revalidation model.

Follow this conference on Twitter #midwiferevalidation

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
16/06/2014Developing Effective Clinical Team Working
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

“All staff should recognise that they impact on patient experience and take responsibility for their contribution to patients having a positive experience of care. Research commissioned by the Department of Health has shown that effective teamwork is crucial to the delivery of improved patient care in a culture of safety and quality” The Government Response to the Francis Inquiry November 2014

 This conference featuring extended interactive sessions focuses on developing effective clinical team working. Aimed at all members of the multidisciplinary team and those who manage and support them the event will focus on what makes an excellent clinical team, how can we assess team effectiveness, developing teams and team leadership, case studies on team development and turning around dysfunctional teams or difficult colleagues within teams.

“Everyone agrees team work is (like apple pie) a good thing and most people in the NHS (91%) say they work in a team. However, the true estimate is probably nearer 40% at best.. Around 50% of NHS staff say they work in teams but also say their teams do not have clear objectives or don’t work closely together or don’t meet regularly to review their performance. These are basic characteristics of teams. And the more people working in teams with those characteristics in a trust, the lower the levels of errors that could harm patients or staff, the fewer injuries to staff, the lower the levels of harassment, bullying and violence against staff, and the lower the levels of staff absenteeism and patient mortality. And the corollary is the more staff in trusts working in ‘pseudo teams’ (lacking one or more of those characteristics) the worse is trust performance on all those dimensions…So for a lot of NHS staff, teamwork is really more like pie in the sky. Why do so many staff appear not to work in well-functioning teams? Primarily it is down to poor management and leadership resulting from of lack of knowledge of team working. We all think we understand what good team working is so we don’t need to do much to achieve it. Our research over the last 25+years shows that good team work in health care requires clarity about the basics of good team work and focused and sustained effort to achieve those basics in practice. The pay offs of such good team working are enormous.” Prof Michael West, Lancashire University Management School, NHS Employers 2013

Follow the conference on Twitter #NHSTeams

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
17/06/2014Masterclass: Skills and Competence in Pre-Operative Assessment: Thromboembolism
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

Meeting the complex needs of your patients in Pre operative assessment, recognising multiple comorbidities, identifying action plan of care and optimisation?

This study day will look at the key factors required in pre operative assessment with particular emphasis on venous thrombo embolism risk assessment and bridging therapy for those patients considered high risk of thrombo embolism.

In 2007 The All Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group identified Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism account for 25,000 patient deaths per year. Many of the deaths would be preventable if accurate Venous Thrombo Embolism risk assessments were completed and appropraite thromboprophylaxis applied.

Completion of the Risk assessment at Pre operative assessment provides the opportunity to identify the patient risk in advance of day of admission, and to initiate prophylaxis at an early stage.

This training day will consider the opportunity in POA to complete the venous thrombo embolism risk assessment and will look at bridging therapy prior to surgery.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
17/06/2014Virtual Orthopaedic Clinic Masterclass
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

Musculoskeletal problems are one of the most common reasons for seeking health care, with estimates of up to 20 per cent of adults annually consulting their general practitioner. Hospital referrals result in new appointments, treatment plans and further post treatment follow up appointments for outcome analysis.

 In 2011-12 there were 17.6 million accident and emergency attendances recorded at major A&E departments. Over 4% of these patients are referred to fracture clinics. A large number of these appointments can be replaced by virtual clinics, both for decision making and outcome analysis. Reduction of new fracture patient attendances of more than 50% and elective post surgery follow up by >90% have been demonstrated.

This masterclass will provide a practical guide to setting up and running a virtual orthopaedic clinic in your service.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
17/06/2014Investigating Incidents And The Duty Of Candour
Location: Hallam Conference Centre, London

In the wake of the Francis Inquiry into the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust the Department of Health has introduced a contractual duty of candour that requires NHS and Foundation trust staff to be open and honest with patients and their families about patient safety incidents.

This new duty emphasises the need for patient safety incidents to be investigated using a robust methodology; for investigation reports to be evidentially sound, accessible and focused on producing actionable and reasonable recommendations.

This training day will equip delegates with a proven methodology and a highly-regarded report structure that will help with the investigation of incidents and the production of reports.

Facilitated by Kate Hill, Senior Solicitor at RadcliffeLeBrasseur Solicitors and Senior Trainer at InPractice Training.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
18/06/2014Psychological Therapies for Depression and Anxiety
Location: ICO Conference Centre, London

Chaired by Jeremy Clarke CBE, Chair of the New Savoy Partnership, this conference will focus on improving the effectiveness of Psychological Therapies for Depression and Anxiety.

In 2005 Lord Layard diagnosed depression as “Britain’s Biggest Social Problem”. The cost, he argued, of untreated common mental problems simply dwarfed the cost of investing in effective psychological therapies that could reduce the burden of disease to our economy and society. It was an unassailable argument that persuaded the Treasury to support a national IAPT program. And as one of its key architects in 2008, Lord Layard envisaged it would take us 6 years to build a NICE-compliant talking therapies service with capacity to begin to make a real impact. With under a year to go to judgment day the Coalition Government, which has supported IAPT with an additional £450M investment, has published what is probably its final policy position, Closing the Gap, setting out its 25 key priorities in mental health for a final delivery push by 2015. In relation to IAPT it states: “Over 900,000 people will benefit from psychological therapies every year”.

For this one-day conference James Morris MP will open by telling us about the important work of the All Party Parliamentary Group that he chairs looking at what we must do better and different in mental health.

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For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
23/06/2014Improving Compassion in Care on the Wards
Location: Hallam Conference Centre

“Compassion is fundamental to patient care and the need for compassion in practice is as strong as it has ever been... We know when care is excellent and when we experience true compassion” Compassion in Practice One year on, November 2013, NHS England

“Compassion is a value recognised by nurses, midwives, care staff, patients and the public yet it can be difficult to describe it. It is a force within you as well as an action that you can perform. Essentially it occurs between two people and it is fixed in a particular time and place. It is represented in many ways including a word, a smile, an act of kindness, or by listening to another person. It is an experience in which one person recognises and responds to the suffering of another person by giving emotional energy. ..The evidence shows that compassion is in the beliefs and values of the individual’s care – it is seen in small things that make a big difference to patient comfort. It makes patients feel cared for.” Compassion in Practice One year on, November 2013, NHS England

This conference provides a practical guide to improving compassion in care on the wards. The conference opens with a national update on compassion in practice and the 6C’s and continues with case studies sessions focusing on understanding what compassion means to your team, developing and implementing a compassionate care framework, embedding compassion as a key competence in nursing appraisal and revalidation, measuring compassion, developing compassion in leadership, learning from patient experience, challenging poor practice and developing courage, and tackling the little things that make a difference.

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For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.
25/06/2014Creating Connections: Service-User Involvement to Improve Mental Health Services
Location: ICO Conference Centre, London

This conference is a Partnership Conference between The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) for mental health and Healthcare Conferences UK. NSUN is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.

The conference has user involvement at its very heart and has been co produced with service users and survivors of mental health services. Chaired by Sarah Yiannoullou, Managing Director, NSUN the conference will open with a keynote address from Dr Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director for Mental Health on the NHS England commitment to meaningful involvement for positive change. The conference aims to support delegates with practical tools and techniques to ensure meaningful involvement for improvement in the services they provide.

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For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.

November 2014

19/11/2014Nurse Clinics 2014
Location: Colmore Gate Conference Centre, Birmingham

"This conference surpasses as the foremost national event for those planning, managing or running nurse-led clinics. I’m thrilled to have been asked to chair the excellent speakers once again who are ready and able to share their experiences in this important form of healthcare delivery."
Dr Richard Hatchett Author ‘Nurse Led Clinic: Practice Issues’ and Deputy Head of School The Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing and Rehabilitation

Nurse Clinics 2014 will once again provide nurses working at advanced practice with the opportunity to hear national updates and best practice for setting up and running nurse led clinics and services in primary and secondary care across a number of specialities.

For further information please contact Kerry Tarrant kerry@hc-uk.org.uk by e-mail or phone 01932 429933.

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