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Our first ever Workforce Summit and Awards

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The first Nursing Times Workforce Summit and Awards took place in October, highlighting the challenges for the profession but also recognising the great contribution of the nursing workforce

Our first ever Workforce Summit and Awards

Our first ever Workforce Summit and Awards

The Royal Marsden FT won Best UK employer of the year

Recruitment and retention, resilience and wellbeing, and technology and diversity were among the buzzwords at our inaugural Nursing Times Workforce Summit and Awards. This brand new Nursing Times event took place at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London on 4 October.

Our summit, held during the day, provided a forum for those responsible for workforce planning, recruitment and retention, with a programme intended to challenge, inspire and support organisations to attract and retain the best talent.

Keynote speakers included Health Education England chief executive Ian Cumming, Unison head of health Sara Gorton, Yvonne Coghill, director for Workforce Race Equality Standard implementation at NHS England, and Professor Mark Radford, NHS Improvement’s director of nursing for improvement.

In addition, the middle section of the summit ran in three separate streams – each with a focus on workforce, but tailored for directors of nursing, deputy directors of nursing and aspiring nurse leaders.

We also wanted to showcase how the health sector is supporting and developing its most precious resource. Therefore, in the evening, we hosted our Workforce Awards, where we celebrated innovation and excellence across the broad spectrum of practice affecting nursing and healthcare staff. Essentially, we thought it was high time to shine a light on the best in an area that faces significant challenges at present.

Trevor Sterling

Trevor Sterling

Trevor Sterling, chair of the Mary Seacole Trust, charity partner for the awards

We featured the great work being done across 11 categories, from best employer to best place for learning and development, and from best use of technology to best diversity and inclusion practice. I was particularly struck by the strength of the entries on recruitment experience, preceptorship, and wellbeing and staff engagement.

A total of 242 attended the summit and a massive 508 were at the awards. Feedback has been extremely positive on the whole event, which had the overarching theme of ‘developing a nursing and midwifery workforce fit for the future’. In fact, we thought it went so well that we plan to do it all again next year, but bigger and better. Look out for details. 

Meanwhile, On the 31 October we celebrated nursing in general across the country at our annual flagship event – the Nursing Times Awards 2018. That means we have one event left to go this year – namely Nursing Times Careers Live in London, when we return to the capital for the second time in 2018 on 10 November. Hopefully see you there.

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