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2013 Archive

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

Building on the success of previous years, the third Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Conference took place on 28th February and 1st March 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, and was the biggest and best ever!

This Conference was aimed at all nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals, across all aspects of healthcare delivery, seeking to enhance their Continuing Professional Development or Continuing Medical Education.

The two day Healthcare Learning and Development Conference provided delegates with the opportunity to:

  • hear from a range of inspirational, high profile speakers
  • take part in a wide variety of outstanding masterclasses focusing on sharing best practice and practical innovations in Healthcare
  • network with other senior healthcare professionals and leaders in a learning

Delegate feedback from the conference was as high as ever...

  • 99% found the conference useful
  • 96% had their expectations met
  • 88% said they would return next year

"An excellent event which delivered information which I can use with my teams and to help me in my role."

Students' Day 2013, The Governor's Hall, St Thomas' Hospital

The Florence Nightingale Foundation 2013 Students' Day was held on 8th May.  Invitations were sent to the Deans of all UK Schools of Nursing and Midwifery to nominate a student nurse/midwife to attend.

The Day was attended by over 60 student nurses from around the UK. The day began with a Plenary Discussion session where students were invited to raise questions or concerns to a panel of senior nurses. The Panel included:

  • Professor Shona Brown - Executive Director for Organisational Change, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Geoffrey Walker OBE - Modern Matron/Senior Nurse Manager, Cardiology and Medicine, Poole Hospital
  • Sue Beatson - Deputy Chief Nurse, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ian Peate - Editor in Chief, British Journal of Nursing, and Visiting Professor of Nursing, University of West London.

After a very successful and thought provoking discussion the students continued their day with a tour of the Florence Nightingale Museum, a screening of Florence Nightingale: Her Life & Legacy, followed by a visit to The Florence Nightingale Chapel, Westminster Abbey before attending the Commemoration Service.

‘…thank you for a wonderful and inspiring experience last week, I enjoyed meeting you all and the opportunity to network with students across the UK…’

‘…a huge thank you for such a wonderful day last Wednesday.  I was absolutely honored to be a part of it and really enjoyed it…’ 

The Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service 2013, Westminster Abbey

The 2013 Service to commemorate the life and work of Florence Nightingale was held at Westminster Abbey at 6.30pm on Wednesday 8th May.  This annual Service celebrates nursing and midwifery and all staff, both qualified and unqualified, working in these services.

Nearly 2,000 nurses, midwives, healthcare professionals and guests attended the event.

The Address was given by Mark Bostridge.  Mark is a British writer and critic and the author of Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend.  Mark's address was both moving and inspirational and a transcript is available for download below.

The first lesson was read by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England and the second lesson was read by Michael Roberts, Master, the Girdlers' Company.

The traditional Procession of the Lamp was led by David Wright with an escort of student nurses from De Montfort University, Leicester.  On arrival before the High Altar, the Lamp was handed to Joanne McPeake who, in turn, passed the Lamp to Jenny Tarver.  David, Joanne and Jenny are all Florence Nightingale Scholars.

Some comments from attendees:

‘…the Abbey Service was possibly one of the best I have ever attended.  The music and the readings were spot on and very meaningful, Mark Bostridge was phenomenal, his address was brilliant …’

‘…what a great Service – it made me really proud to be a nurse…’

‘…fabulous service at Westminster Abbey, great to see so many of our profession commemorating Florence Nightingale and the good work we do…’

‘…we all enjoyed the service very much and most of us shed a tear or two, it is an honour to be a Nurse and a vocation of which I am immensely proud. Once again, thank you for being part of an amazing evening…’

‘…it was a wonderful event and did the profession of nursing as well as the memory of Florence Nightingale a great deal of credit…’

The Florence Nightingale Foundation exhibited at RCN Congress 2013, held at the ACC Liverpool.

We were delighted to meet so many RCN members and hope we may have encouraged some to become future Foundation Scholars!

In the photograph above is Chief Executive, Elizabeth Robb, and on the left is friend and helper, Larissa Worwood.

QARANC Corps Day 2013, Garrison Church of St George

Each year, in March, members of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps celebrate the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps Day.  Past members of the QA's join current QA's in an interdenominational church service in the hospital or unit chapel followed by a buffet lunch or a traditional curry lunch at the Officers mess, Sergeants Mess and Junior Ranks Mess Halls.  Small units will hold an all ranks function.

Foundation Chief Executive, Elizabeth Robb, attended this year's event which was held in the presence of Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, GCVO, Colonel-in-Chief QARANC.

The Foundation has a long history of association with the QARANC, with a representative from the Corps as one of our Trustees.