A leading midwife who was employed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to advise on midwifery education claims she was “silenced” when she tried to talk about the everyday challenges of maternity care and that midwives are basically seen as “a nuisance” by the regulator.
In her seminal work Nurses of Passchendaele, Christine Hallett describes how on 4 June 1917, 12 nurses who were sleeping in their barracks next to the field hospital awoke to the sound of shrapnel balls and fragments of shell flying in all directions – some travelling with great velocity and punching holes in the walls of wards, shredding pillows and smashing bed screens.
As Deputy Directors of Nursing and Assistant Chief Nurses you are uniquely placed, both close to the board and with a clear view of the workforce to affect positive change.
The annual Nursing Times Deputies’ Congress provides a single opportunity to get together, share best practice and combine your wealth of knowledge and experience to formulate strategies to tackle common issues.
With agency caps and the proposed removal of bursaries adding to recruitment worries and the constant pressure to cut cost but maintain patient safety and quality, there are some big challenges to overcome at present. Through insightful presentations, interactive panel sessions, knowledge-sharing and facilitated group work the Nursing Times Deputies’ Congress 2016 agenda will tackle:
The next nursing strategy and how, as deputies, you can influence it
Recruitment, retention, education and the workforce of the future
Efficiency, vanguards and Lord Carter’s review
Patient safety and what we’ve really learned from the Francis Report
Improving patient flow across the entire health economy
Plus we will look at your own roles, personal development and what comes after a deputyship
Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to network with your peers and solve common challenges.
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