Transforming End of Life Care in Acute Hospitals

Friday 20th January 2017 -


This conference focuses on improving end of life care for people in hospital. Through national updates and learning from the NHS Transform Programme, and case studies demonstrating improvement in practice the conference will support you to meet the six national ambitions for end of life care within hospital, and improve care and outcomes for patients and their families.

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Ward Manager Summit: Developing your skills as an Effective Ward Manager

Monday 6th February 2017 -


This Summit aims to bring together current and aspiring ward managers together to understand current issues and the national context, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas they are facing in practice.


Following national update sessions looking at the CQC inspection process at ward level and what ‘Well-Led” looks like in terms of the ward manager role, and an update on Leading Change, Adding Value: Implementing the National Framework for Nursing, Midwifery and Care staff at ward level, the conference will then focus on key areas including developing your leadership skills, ward manager development, improving patient experience on the ward including always events, improving communication skills at ward level including frontline management of complaints, feedback and concerns, developing ward accreditation for quality and exemplar wards, getting staffing right at ward level and Managing your own ward budgets, finances and resources.

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Nurse Prescribing for Pain

Friday 10th February 2017 -


This important national conference provides an essential update for current and aspiring nurse prescribers on prescribing for pain. Pain is a growing area of nurse prescribing and one of the most common areas, in a 2010 survey of the Association for Prescribers members 50% of members prescribed for pain (Karen Stenner, University of Surrey). This make it essential that nurse prescribers maintain the competence and skills to prescribe for pain in an effective way, working with patients to improve pain outcomes.


Through national updates and practical case studies delegates will hear how to develop and maintain prescribing competence, and how to develop effectiveness in post qualification practice. Extended sessions developing prescribing competence and confidence, medication management, managing medication safety and preventing medication errors and overcoming the barriers to effective pain management.

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Safe Staffing Summit: A Practical Guide to Safe and Effective Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 -


This national summit will focus on delivering safe staffing and improving nurse staffing levels in line with the new National Framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff and the National Quality Board expectations which are reflected in the Care Quality Commission inspection framework.


The important issues of skill mix, acuity monitoring, recognizing red flag events and escalation will be discussed. Delegates will be updated on implementing the national guidance on safe staffing levels including the use of the new Care Hours Per Patient Day (CHPPD) metric and on optimising your workforce to reduce reliance on temporary staff, realising the benefits of eRostering and working with National Agency Rules: Making Agency Rate Caps work for you. Through expert extended sessions and practical NHS Trust case studies delivered by experienced nurse directors, the conference will take a practical approach to supporting you to review and improve nursing staffing and skill mix in your service.

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Effective Non-Medical Prescribing in End of Life Care

Friday 24th February 2017 -


"The way we care for dying people is a litmus test for the kind of society we are and for our health and care services. That's why it's essential that people have around the clock access to pain relief and symptom control.” Simon Chapman, Director of Public and Parliamentary Engagement at Dying Matters and the National Council for Palliative Care


This conference focuses on the important issue of Nurse/Non Medical Prescribing in End of Life Care. It is widely recognized that pain and symptom control at the end of life is not always optimal, the development of non medical/nurse prescribing has a key role in improving pain and symptom control for patients at the end of life. The conference, which includes national updates, extended in depth sessions and case studies will focus on developing your skills as a non medical/nurse prescriber in end of life care.

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Nursing Education and Professional Development – The Global Perspective

Tuesday 21st - Wednesday 22nd March 2017


Hosted by the RCN Education Forum, this annual 2 day international conference provides a supportive environment for nurse educators from across the UK and the globe to meet with other like-minded professionals. Here you will learn about the latest developments within the academic and practice setting, explore the work of the RCN in shaping the future of nursing education and practice and share experiences of what’s happening in their area. The conference is aimed at all nurses and allied healthcare professionals involved in educating students and practising nurses and HCSW’s including academic and practice setting and covers all areas of nursing including acute, primary and community care.


Call for abstracts:

Visit the website for more information about this event and the themes for abstracts. Closing date 17th October 2016.


Events contact: Liz Russ, Conference & Events Organiser, Royal College of Nursing 

Email: [email protected]

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Measuring, Understanding and Acting on Patient Experience Insight

24th March 2017 -


This conference will focus on measuring, understanding and acting on patient experience insight, and demonstrating responsiveness to that insight to improve care.


Through national updates and case study presentations the conference will support participants to measure, monitor and improve patient experience in their service, and demonstrate responsiveness to feedback.


Sessions will include learning from patients, a national update, practical sessions focusing on delivering a patient experience based culture, demonstrating insight and responsiveness in real time, using patient experience to drive improvement, delivering a patient experience dashboard, improving data and intelligence, working with patients on co design and monitoring progress against the NQB and NHS England endorsed Warwick Patient Experience programme in practice.


Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator, will be presenting at this event. Her presentation will share and the varied ways in which the teams FoNS has worked with have used patient experiences in their projects and in practice to ensure care is person-centred, safe and effective. It will include:

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Effective Nurse Director

Wednesday 26th April 2017 -


This Summit aims to bring together current and aspiring Nurse Directors to understand current issues and the national context, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas they are facing in practice.


Following National Update sessions the conference will include extended masterclasses focusing on developing your leadership skills and competence as a current or aspiring nurse director, leading quality improvement and managing patient concerns and improving patient experience. Throughout the day sessions will look at preparing for a role as a Nurse Director, learning from experienced nurse directors on how to manage the complexities of the role whilst remaining visible to staff and patients.

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