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2015 Archive

The Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service, 2015


Florence Nightingale’s Life and Work Remembered

Wednesday 6 May 2015 

Westminster Abbey

The Florence Nightingale Foundation celebrated the Golden Jubilee of its Commemoration Service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, 6th May. The 50th Anniversary saw student nurses and midwives from the University of Bangor, Swansea University, Cardiff University and University of South Wales escort  the traditional and symbolic Procession of the Lamp which was led by Sam Foster. On arrival before the High Altar, the Lamp was handed to Sithembile Chinaire who, in turn, passed the Lamp to Natalie Yates-Bolton. 

FNF Annual Conference, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

Building on the success of previous years, the fifth Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Conference took place on 12th & 13th March 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.

The 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 an interactive learning environment

Speakers included the Rt Hon Jeremey Hunt, Professor Steve Peters and Margaret Heffernan. 

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Students' Day 2015 

The Florence Nightingale Foundation 2015 Students' Day was held on Wednesday, 6th May. Schools of Nursing and Midwifery from across the UK nominated a student nurse or midwife to attend.

Starting at 10.30am students took part in an interactive panel discussion with leading healthcare professionals and then had the opportunity to take 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 the day finished with students attending the Golden Jubilee Commemoration Service.

RCN Congress, 2015, Bournemouth 

Date: Sunday 21 June - Thursday 25 June 2015

Venue:  Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5BH

The Florence Nightingale Foundation will be on stand S19 at RCN Congress - make sure you stop by and say hello! 

RCN Congress is where RCN members meet to learn, develop and share nursing practice. It is also where members inform the RCN agenda and influence nursing and health policy through debate.

This year Congress is being held in Bournemouth 21-25 June 2015.  

Finding Our Voice In Policy and Practice Alumni Conference, Edinburgh, The Royal College Of Surgeons 

The Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni Association hosted its first ever conference in Scotland! The elegant Royal College of Suergons played backdrop to a host of speakers and exhibitors, who showcased the innovative and inspirational work of some of our past Scholars and other leading figures in healthcare. Speakers who shared their insights and expertise into policy and practice locally, nationally and internationally included:  

-  Professor Margaret Smith OBE – Dean/Deputy Principal of the University of Dundee

-  Dr Aisha Holloway - CNO Clinical Academic, Research Fellow University of Edinburgh 

-  Caroline Alexander - Chief Nurse London, NHS England

- Dr Margaret McGuire - Nurse Director

- Maggie Davies – Deputy Director of Nursing, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

-  Dr Bob Brown - Executive Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professions and Patient Safety, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

- Professor Brian Webster, Assistant Dean, Edinburgh Napier University

-  Professor Debbie Carrick – Sen – Florence Nightingale Chair in Clinical Practice Research

-  Denise Chaffer - Director of Safety, Learning and People, NHS Litigation Authority

We were dleighted to have Professor Fiona McQueen (Chief Nursing Officer, Scotland) open the day, talking about some of key topical political and policy issues facing the profession of nursing.

Professor Brian Webster, the Dean of Learning & Teaching at Edinburgh University, specifically spoke about the public image of nursing. He especially made reference to the Healthcare Higher Education Programmes- emphasising the importance of understanding the value of higher education in health education, and the links and implications this has for policy makers and agendas.

Continuing the theme of policy makers, Dr. Aisha Holloway presented some really interesting work on alcohol related  harm in Scotland, and the resulting discussions that took place in Parliment that demonstrated the importance of understanding how voices are head in Public Policy.

Professor Margaret Smith OBE highlighted fundementals of strategic leadership, with the floor finding her demand of moving from 'good to great' extremely attractive. An emphasis was put on this being an effort of togetherness.

Following the leadership theme, Caroline Alexander (Chief Nurse, London) covered 'Creating a Culture of  Compassionate Leadership', introducing research on campassionate leadership.  Caroline, amongst other points, noted that the pivotal nature of managerial leadership in acheiving compassoinate care, and raised the issue of diversity in care.

Talking of Leadership in Top Teams, Denise Chaffer explored the key concepts of what makes an effective top team leader. Following this, Maggie Davies examined the infuence of Directors of Nursing on Quality of Care, interacting with her audience over recent failures in the NHS. A critical importance was rightly placed on the role of kindness. 

Penultimately, Dr. Bob Brown and Professor Debbie Carrick-Sen gave a talk on Clinical Leadership Research and Practice; and the effect of research on patient outcomes, the importance of evidence, and the building of frontline leadership. Dr. Margaret McGuire rounded of the day with points regarding the essential nature of networking in leading and policy.. Indeed, there was some significant networking going on at this event!

Elizabeth Robb, our CEO, finished a fantastic day with some concluding remarks, and importantly presented Pauline Milne, a Florence Scholar no less, with her award for winning the poster competition. Congratulations Pauline! 

(DEVOLUTION AND NURSING WORKFORCE POLICY AND PLANNING IN THE FOUR COUNTRIES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM by Dr Pauline Milne, PhD, MN, BN, RN- Head of Clinical Workforce Development and Planning, Health Education East of England)