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Fancy attending a student-led nursing conference?

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Inspirational students from Edge Hill University are encouraging even better standards of care in the health sector at a special conference.

The student-led event, the second of its kind in the Merseyside and Cheshire area, is dedicated to highlighting the importance of commitment to care and dedication to looking after service users. 

Organised by the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Commitment to Care, the Courage to Act conference on Friday 6th September aims to inspire fellow students, and promote health and social care professionals and what they stand for.

Alison Jones, 3rd year mental health nursing student, said:

“This has been a fantastic project to work on because I feel as though I’ve contributed to something that will motivate other students wanting to enter the health and social care field. I’m very proud of the profession and I know that we are all committed to improving the patient experience and driving up standards of care. This conference will help us spread important messages that no matter what role we’re in, whether it’s nursing, midwifery, social work, we all have one common goal – to make a difference.”

The day has been designed to motivate and promote passion within the profession. Key themes have been adapted from the Chief Nursing Officer for England Jane Cummings’ Compassion in Practice strategy and vision based on the 6Cs - care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Students have arranged for a number of high-profile key speakers to present at the event: including Jane Cummings; Helen Bevan, Chief of Service Transformation, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement; and Professor Michael Lavalette, Head of Department for Social Work, Care and Justice at Liverpool Hope University.

Alex Vjestica, Head of Inter-Professional Development at Edge Hill, said:

“It has been a privilege to work with such a talented bunch of students who are genuinely interested in their work and inspiring others. They show that if you care enough you can help make a difference. They are the future healthcare professionals and it’s an honour to be working with them on such a motivational conference.”

The event is open to all students from health and social care programmes from Edge Hill University, the University of Central Lancashire, the University of Liverpool, the University of Chester, and Liverpool John Moore’s University and is free to attend. If you are a health and social care student from a university not listed above, please email to be placed on a reserve list.

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