QUALITY of care and patient safety were the main themes of an inaugural conference organised for practice nurses.
Sixty-four registered nurses and health care support workers from 24 GP practices in the areas covered by NHS Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) attended the event.
Nurses from the South Eastern Hampshire CCG also went along.
The conference, held in Shedfield, was chaired by the CCGs’ chief nurse Julia Barton.
Keynote speaker Dr Julie Cullen, the nurse representative on the Portsmouth CCG governing board, spoke about her career journey and how her practice nursing career included working overseas in Libya, India, Cambodia and the Sudan.
Workshops examined how staff in general practice are really making a difference in providing safe, high quality patient care.
Mrs Barton said the conference gave the nurses the opportunity to share and learn best practice from each other to ensure quality care is delivered consistently.
‘The workshops demonstrated good practice and reflected the quality and variety of care delivered to improve our patients’ safety and care,’ she said.
‘It was wonderful to encourage the talents and expertise of our practice nurse community and see innovation and learning being shared across practices.’
A highlight of the conference was the presentation of the first Alyson Stainer award for Patient Safety to Kim Badcock, a practice nurse from Denmead Surgery.
She won because of her dedication and enthusiasm in working towards achieving Dementia Friendly Status for the practice team.