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Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare Professionals conference celebrates success at Leeds hospitals

10 June 2016

Hundreds of NHS care professionals working across Leeds came together for the city’s biggest annual nursing event.

On Wednesday 8 June, the Leeds Teaching Hospitals annual Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Healthcare Professionals Conference took place at the Royal Armouries, recognising the amazing work undertaken by NHS staff here in Leeds.

The event was an opportunity to share learning, discuss ideas and celebrate the successes of the previous year. The conference also focused around developments in care and patient experience covering research; compassion in practice; and collaborative practice.

Suzanne Hinchliffe, Chief Nurse at the Trust, said “It was a really fantastic event and a great opportunity to recognise all of our achievements over the past year. Staff from across all seven of our hospitals felt enthused throughout the day.

“Our hospitals are the biggest provider of specialist services in England, with staff working in nearly every field of medicine and surgery. The Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals conference offered us an opportunity to take stock, learn from others and plan for the future.

“One of the key focuses on the day was on research within the NHS and how studies and trials taking place here in Leeds are helping to further medical science, not just in the UK, but globally. We are very proud of what we have done so far and intend to build upon this work.”

For the first year, Allied Healthcare Professionals joined nurses and midwives at the event, recognising the importance of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians and other support staff working in hospitals across Leeds.

A number of guest speakers attended the event. Dr Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing for NHS Improvement, delivered a talk about her work developing quality of care and the professional agenda.

Lord Willis of Knaresborough explained his work in developing the Shape of Caring Review, which looks at how the NHS can prepare for future challenges and how staff can gain new skills and further their own education and development. The third guest speaker was Professor Andrea Nelson, Head of Healthcare at the University of Leeds, who spoke about how universities can work with NHS hospitals to develop the workforce of the future.

Other speakers included former nurse and patient Penny Roberts, who shared her journey through rehabilitation; Consultant paediatric oncologist Dr Bob Phillips, who talked about the importance of research; and Alistair Burns, a Leeds patient, who spoke about his experience of care within the Trust and his path to recovery.

Building upon work over previous years, the conference promoted integrated care within the city, looking at how staff can work across professions, partner organisations such as the universities, charities and other healthcare organisations, to improve outcomes for people across Leeds.

The highlight of the day was the awards ceremony, which celebrated those teams and individuals who go the extra mile to improve care within the local hospitals. The prestigious Hilda Knowles award for innovation and excellence in caring for patients was won by the Jane Slough, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, based at St James’s.

Children’s Nurse Ellis Jones was named the Janet Whitaker Award winner for excellence in demonstrating compassion in practice. Ward J54 at St James’s won the Hamish MacDonald Award for excellence in ward leadership in the Sustained Excellence category and Ward J43, also at St James’s won the award for excellence in ward leadership in the category of demonstrating the greatest improvement.

Thuvia Flannery and Maria Paton were successful in the two poster competitions, exploring ideas and conditions in their respective fields.