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Mental health trusts share best practice to mark Nurses' Day 2016

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For the first time in London two Mental Health Trusts and their local university are hosting a joint conference to celebrate Nurses Day 2016.

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey (BEH) and Camden and Islington (C&I) Mental Health NHS Trusts have joined forces with Middlesex University to work in partnership to improve patient care and encourage debate among the nursing community.

The conference, called ‘Mental Health: Proud to be different’, will take place on 12 May 2016 at Middlesex University. It will explore how nurses are evolving and adapting to best support services users and deliver excellent care.

Mary Sexton, Director of Nursing at BEH, said: “There are increasing pressures on mental health trusts, whose patients face increasing complexity and risk. Nurses are the backbone of the NHS - no two days are ever the same and their job comes with new daily challenges. Events like this encourage us to share solutions in these testing times which can make day to day life easier and help us support each other and practise safer patient care.

“We host an annual conference for our nurses – it’s a chance for them to come together, share learning and network. This year I wanted to make sure they had the chance to work with their wider NHS colleagues, and what better day to do it than on Florence Nightingale’s birthday!”

There are also wider collaborations developing with mental health trusts in London. Last year marked the formation of the Cavendish Square Group – a partnership of chief executives of the ten Trusts – which includes BEH’s Maria Kane and C&I’s Angela McNab – who are committed to pushing mental health to the top of the agenda in the Capital.

Join the conversation on Twitter by using #MHProud16.

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