Conference embraces partnership working and inspires nurses and midwives to lead and innovate
24 November 2017
Nurses and midwives from across Essex and aspiring health and social care students from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) were brought together at the first ever Nursing and Midwifery Conference.
Jointly organised by the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and
Transformation Partnership (STP) and Anglia Ruskin University, the
event was hosted in the lecture theatre of the Michael Salmon
building at ARU.
The aim of the event was to inspire nurses and midwives to be
leaders and to share the vision for the three hospitals (Mid Essex,
Southend and Basildon) that make up the Mid and South Essex
Guest speakers included Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer NHS
England; Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement;
Clare Panniker, CEO, Mid and South Essex Hospitals; and Professor
Ruth Taylor, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health,
Social Care & Education at ARU.
Diane Sarkar, Chief Nurse for the Mid and South Essex STP wants
nurses and midwives to "step up" and work collaboratively to meet
the ever-changing demands, expectations and challenges over the
Diane said: "I want nurses and midwives to be able to inspire
and innovate change during this exciting time as we contribute to
the transformation of patient pathways. When they leave this event,
I want them to go back into practice enthused and motivated by the
guest speakers. I'd also like to thank our nurses and midwives for
their hard work and all that they do in our hospitals. We want
strong nursing and midwifery leaders. The conference was full of
experience. Let's work together moving forward to provide the best
care for our patients."
Professor Jane Cummings also spoke about the importance of
nurses being willing to lead and share ideas. Speaking about the
NHS's Leading Change, Adding Value campaign, she added: "Nurses and
midwives are in a place where they can lead that change. Sometimes
it is really important to find the time to step back and ask 'how
can we help use our ideas to make a difference?' You see things
that others don't."
Attendees also heard from Ruth May, Executive Director of
Nursing, NHS Improvement and Clare Panniker, Chief Executive of Mid
and South Essex Hospitals, as well as a range of speakers covering
topics from innovation in healthcare to resilience and
Clare Panniker said: "I'm certain there are days when you don't
feel the work you have done has been recognised or appreciated, but
I do genuinely understand that nursing today is highly complex and
requires a high level of skills. What you do on a daily basis, even
if you don't feel it, makes a huge difference to the patients and
their families. The professionalism with which you carry out your
role, makes an impact on the people you come into contact
Recent graduates from Anglia Ruskin shared their experience of
practice and spoke about their own innovative projects covering
students as leaders; behaviours and values in children's nursing;
and enhanced sepsis screening.
Professor Ruth Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social
Care and Education at Anglia Ruskin University, said: "Nursing and
midwifery have been part of Anglia Ruskin's DNA for decades, and it
was fantastic to see nurses from different trusts across Essex
coming together and sharing some inspirational and innovative ideas
to improve care for patients across the county. This conference
signals a development of our partnerships with these trusts, which
are going from strength to strength."
Alongside staff from the hospitals, Molly Case, spoken word
artist, writer and registered nurse gave her unique insight into
the profession, while sepsis survivor Tom Ray and his wife Nicola,
gave an emotional account of their experience of the NHS,
life-threatening illness and simply surviving.
Pictured: Diane Sarkar, Chief Nurse for the Mid
and South Essex STP with conference attendees.