Masterclass: Creating Caring Cultures - Getting Started

22 January 2018 -


The aim of this Joint Foundation of Nursing Studies & Healthcare Conferences UK masterclass, is to introduce the Creating Caring Cultures model and to enable participants to explore the ways in which they could use it to facilitate the development of workplace cultures that are person-centred, safe and effective.


One of the most significant influences on the quality of care is workplace culture. This has been highlighted by recent reports which have described serious failures in health and social care and identified the need for change (e.g. Francis, 2013, 2010). Although organisational culture is often spoken about, organisations are made up of many smaller cultures e.g. within departments, teams, wards, homes and units (workplaces). It is these cultures that have the greatest influence on the experience of patients and staff (Manley et al., 2011). A caring culture makes things better for everyone. Patients, service users, residents and their families and carers experience good care. Staff feel valued and supported, which helps them to provide care with compassion and confidence.


This masterclass will introduce the Creating Caring Cultures model. FoNS developed this model using their experience of working with health and social care teams and their theoretical understandings of practice development as an approach to enabling transformation in people and their practices. The model is in a form of a rainbow. Each of the seven colours represents a focus, all of which will be explored using participatory and creative approaches. Participants will have the opportunity to develop an action plan for their own workplace. Copies of the model and associated resources will be provided. 


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.)


For further information and to book your place visit the HCUK Website or email [email protected]

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CARN Conference 2017

20th - 22nd October 2017

Rethymno, Greece

A Conference designed:

  • to support all voices (not only the dominant discourses)
  • to encourage a broad range of researchers and practitioners to be heard
  • to celebrate the insights promoted by collaborative action research

Much more information is available on the website.

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2017 BANN Conference

21st - 22nd October 2017


The 46th British Association of Neuroscience Nurses annual conference seeks to inspire attendees to create and develop the future in this speciality.  The conference is two days covering the breath of neuroscience nursing including neurosurgery, neuro-medicine, neuro-oncology, paediatrics and stroke.  At the OUH Trust there are a number of specialist nurses from MND, Parkinson’s, neuro-oncology and neuromuscular who will be sharing their knowledge and experience.


Bookings can be made via the BANN website.

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Improving Physical Health Outcomes for people with Mental Health Conditions

Monday 6th November 2017 -


The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health recommended that NHS England should ensure that by 2020/21, 280,000 more people having their physical health needs met by increasing early detection and expanding access to evidence-based physical care assessment and intervention. 


“ A large proportion of people with mental health problems have physical health problems and many die much too young as a result.” Prof Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England


“Although the health of the general population in the UK has improved significantly over the past 50 years, the life expectancy of adults with severe mental illness (SMI) in 2016 is lagging behind. Nearly half (46%) of people with SMI have a long-term physical health condition and are at risk of losing on average 10-20 years of their lifespan due to physical ill-health.” ‘Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions’ 


“Physical illness is the biggest single cause of death in severe mental illness. This is now a major priority for us, NHS England and anyone who cares about severe mental illness.” Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

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

Friday 8th December 2017 -


Whether you are currently a ward manager, or aspiring to be one, this event provides a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of other mard managers and nurse directors to develop your skills as an effective ward manager. Through national updates and practical case studies the conference will update you on essential issues to enable you to improve practice and leadership at a local level. 


This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with ward managers, aspiring ward managers and those who support them  
  • Understand the national context including the CQC role in ward inspection and national nursing developments
  • Develop your skills as an effective ward manager    
  • Improve your leadership skills and empower others
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RCN Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition 2018

20th - 21st March 2018

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Call for abstracts:

The RCN is looking for submissions from anyone with an interest in nursing education and practice covering the academic and practice settings, who has something innovative to share. RCN members and non-members, nurses and allied health professionals are encouraged to submit as well as those in the public and private sectors. The conference offers a friendly and supportive atmosphere so is ideal for first time through to experienced presenters.

The submission categories include:

  • Assessment
  • Workforce development and emerging roles
  • The student experience
  • Supporting learning in practice
  • Learning and teaching
  • Partnership working and collaboration
  • Technology and innovative approaches to learning and assessment 

For more details and to submit visit www.rcn.org.uk/RCNED18 Closing date midnight on Monday 23rd October 2017.

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Enhancing Practice Conference 2018

22nd - 24th August 2018

Basel, 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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