Storytelling for health

15th - 17th June 2017


The conference is presented by ABMU Health Board in collaboration with The George Ewart Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, The University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Swansea University, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, The National Waterfront Museum and Volcano Theatre.


An opportunity to hear the latest research and thinking from across the world - come and be part of the conversations that will be created about different people’s practice and experiences. One venue will be a space for sharing performed stories and another for workshops. There will also be art exhibitions, posters, stories with music, therapy stories, an international panel, a children’s venue on the Saturday and, if you have never told a story before, there will be an opportunity to have a go!


FoNS is delighted to say that Jo Odell, FoNS PracticeDevelopment Facilitator, will be sharing her experiences of story telling at this event.


Visit the website for more information.

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Mental health in primary care

Wednesday 7 June 2017 -

King's Fund, London

Both the General practice forward view and The five year forward view for mental health highlight the importance of integrating mental health and primary care services to provide better experiences and outcomes for patients.


This event will showcase some of the best practice taking place across England in integrating mental health and primary care, demonstrating the benefits for both the mental health and primary care workforce and providing more joined-up and holistic care for patients and service users.


What will you gain at this event?

  • Updates on The five year forward view for mental health and the General practive forward view and the support national bodies are providing towards more integrated working.
  • Learning from the vanguards on how their new care models incorporate mental health in primary care settings.
  • Case studies on how joint working can help GPs support people with complex needs, new roles for IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), and innovative approaches towards supporting people with a range of mental health problems in primary care.
  • Discussions on how to best support and develop the primary care and mental health workforce.

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Dual Diagnosis: Implementing the NICE Guidance

5th June 2017 -


This national CPD certified conference provide participants with practical advice, knowledge and the enthusiasm to successfully improve the management of severe mental illness and substance misuse within your organisation, for your service users. The day will systematically address the recommendations made by NICE through national updates, discussions and practical case studies providing you with ample resources and ideas for implementation. You will hear from Guideline Development Group members, NHS pioneers, service users and front line service leaders, and will have the opportunity to network with colleagues who have the same goals and aspirations in addressing Dual Diagnosis improvements as you. 

This is also an opportunity to hear FoNS Associate Chris Fieldhouse - one of the EIDDER: Early Intervention Dual Diagnosis Engagement and Recovery project team, speaking. 

  • Substance misuse is prevalent in first episodes of psychosis
  • Engagement, treatment outcome, and social stability have proved problematic as a result
  • A project to identify useful approaches to engagement and intervention

Visit the website for further information.

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Patient Leadership Summit

Friday 7 July 2017 -


This national summit chaired and co-produced with Jonathon Hope Patient and Co-chair, Realising the Value of Individuals - Increasing Participation in CKD UK Renal Registry will focus on the important issue of Patient Leadership and how you can support patients in your organization to co-design and improve services, how you can help patients to develop patient leadership skills and how to effectively work with patient leaders.


This summit will include a keynote opening address from Mark DoughtyPatient Leader, Associate, The Kings Fund  Director, The Centre for Patient Leadership  & Faculty Member The NHS Leadership Academy and will provide you with essential advice, tips and practical solutions to implement patient leadership within your service. The conference features presentations and extended workshops from patient leaders who have made a difference in practice, and organisations that have established patient leadership as a core part of their culture. There will also be an extended focus on developing training in patient leadership and implementing a patient leadership programme in your service.


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

Friday 14th July 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.

  • National update sessions looking at the CQC inspection process at ward level
  • What ‘well-led” looks like in terms of the ward manager role
  • Session from FoNS CEO Theresa Shaw on developing your leadership skills
    • understanding and developing your leadership skills
    • developing leadership qualities and behaviours against a framework
    • the role of coaching and mentoring
    • ensuring a wider understanding of the whole organisation/system in which ward managers work
    • a chance to network with your fellow delegates: facilitated interactive discussion and sharing ideas 
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#VibrantHealth17 – The heart of community health & wellbeing is in our hands

20th - 21st July 2017


This two day appreciative inquiry summit hosted by the England Centre for Practice Development, is based on principles of active participation and empowerment.


The summit will provide creative opportunities for participants to co-design sustainable solutions to some of the health and wellbeing challenges we face today.


Book via the Canterbury website.

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Nurse Clinics 2017

Monday 20 November 2017 -


Chaired by Dr Richard Hatchett author of Nurse Led Clinic: Practice Issues this conference will provide specialist nurses with a valuable opportunity to hear national updates and best practice for:

  • working at advanced practice
  • setting up and running nurse led clinics and services in primary, secondary and community care across a number of specialties

There are sessions designed for those who are looking to improve the effectiveness or expand existing nurse led clinics and services, and for beginners looking to set up their first clinic and a session by FoNS Practice Development Facilitator, Jo Odell, on developing leadership skills.


NEW to this year’s conference: Nurse Clinics in Practice.

These short sessions will present examples of how various established nurse led clinics work in practice, the practicalities and the challenges, and give delegates an opportunity to meet and network with people running similar clinics to their own interests.


Visit the website for more information.


A 20% discount is available to all Friends and Associates of FoNS by quoting ref: hcuk20fons when booking. (*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Full T&Cs available upon request.)


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Enhancing Practice Conference 2018

22nd - 24th August 2017

asel, Switzerland

The international community of Practice Development is meeting in Switzerland for the first time. Consistent with Practice Development, the conference format will challenge the norm: engaging delegates through:

  • Interactive keynote events
  • Concurrent presentations and discussions
  • Creative show & tell
  • Dynamic workshop experiences

The conference provides an opportunity to network with managers, practitioners, researchers and  academics in the field of Practice Development from across  the globe and learn how to enhance healthcare practices across sectors, settings, and specialties. Through a consistent and delicate balance of theory and application, delegates will leave energised with knowledge and tools for immediate translation into practice in the workplace.


Practice Development helps us all to meet goals for:

  • Patient and family engagement
  • Interprofessional collaboration and learning
  • Healthy work environments
  • Evidence-informed practices
  • Patient safety

Learn more www.epc2018.org

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