Havant to host nurse conference

Kim Badcock, winner of the Alyson Stainer Award receiving her award from Ruth Williams, left
Kim Badcock, winner of the Alyson Stainer Award receiving her award from Ruth Williams, left

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SOME of the country’s most influential nurses will attend a conference looking at the role of care professionals in general practice.

Eighty delegates have already booked to attend the event this month at the Plaza Conference Centre in Havant.

They are mainly nurses and other non-GP healthcare professionals who work in surgeries in the areas covered by South Eastern Hampshire and Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The keynote speaker is Dr Crystal Oldman, chief executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Other speakers include Ruth Williams, the director of Nursing for NHS England Wessex, and Carol Sears, clinical director for the Cuckoo Lane Surgery in London, which received an ‘outstanding’ inspection from the Care Quality Commission.

Conference organiser Penny Evison, clinical quality practice nurse facilitator for the two CCGs, said: ‘There is huge interest in the event this year and a big buzz around the calibre of speakers we have.

‘This event is for nurses, healthcare assistants and care professionals from general practice to come together, network, and share an understanding of the local and national directions in primary care nursing.

‘It’s a chance to promote the national framework every nursing, midwifery and care professional can use to ensure that we achieve the best outcomes.’

Voluntary care groups from the area will also attend to showcase their services.

There will also be the presentation of the Alyson Stainer Award for outstanding contribution to patient safety in general practice.

The conference is 9am until 4.30pm on February 16.