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'RCN Management Consortium Sessions'

Wednesday 1 July 1998 - 4.00 - 5.30 pm

Members of the RCN's management consortium may book in their own special sessions listed below. These sessions are also open to other conference delegates.

  1. Nursing Information - Telecare And Telematics

    In The Chair

    • Dr Jean Faugier, Regional Nurse Officer, North West Region NHS Executive (introduced by Colin Dale, RCN Nurses in Executive Roles)

    Information handling consumes 15% of hospital costs and approximately 25% of nurses and doctors time. Electronic exchange represents a major opportunity to significantly reduce costs, avoid wasted time and improve patient care. These presentations will aim to explain how to manage the exchange of information.


    • The formation of a management and technology strategy - its implications? - NHS Direct and update.
      Anne Casey, Editor, Paediatric Nursing Journal and Adviser, Royal College of Nursing, London
    • Clinical supervision through the line
      Carol Marlow, Senior Lecturer, University College of St Martin - Live from Barrow in Furness
    • Electronic records pilot site - the nurse analyst explains
      Kishore Dwivedi, Nurse Analyst, Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral NHS Trust
  2. Developing Nursing Leadership In Commissioning

    In The Chair

    • Pat Cantrill, Assistant Chief Nurse, NHS Executive (introduced by Alan Cudworth, RCN Nurses in Commissioning)

    The aims of this session are twofold; firstly to describe the input nurses are making in two models of commissioning:

    1. Health authority client group model
    2. Locality model via a NHS Pilot Site

    Secondly, to describe the skill set which nurses need to acquire to develop their commissioning input in the new NHS.


    • Evolutionary process form locality purchasing to primary care groups facilitating the involvement of nurses
      Jean Gregory, Pilot Primary Care Group Manager, Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority
    • The skill set required
      Sue Antrobus, Senior Researcher, RCN Institute
    • Commissioning children's services - the lead commissioner
      Vivenne Bennett, Quality Manager/Nurse Adviser, Birmingham Health Authority
  3. The Theory/Practice Gap - Hairline Fracture Or Abyss?

    In The Chair

    • Tom Keighley, Director of International Development, School of Healthcare Studies, University of Leeds (introduced by Wendy Jehan, RCN Nurses in Operational Management/Fional Smith, Paediatric Nurse Managers)

    Continuing professional development across the professions, integrating theory and practice in nursing has to be our goal. This session will inform the audience of the current situation.


    • Building blocks for bridging the theory/practice gap in paediatrics
      Judith Elllis, Principal Lecturer, Child Health, University of Central Lancashire, Lecturer/Practitioner
    • Re-examining the gap
      Ros Moore, Nursing Officer, NHS Executive, Leeds
    • Mind the gap - a service side perspective
      Karen Parsley, Director of Nursing, Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust
  4. Taking The Initiative For Healthy Workplaces

    In The Chair

    Jan Maw, Education Officer Occupational Health, English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery & Health Visiting (introduced by Cathy Harrison, RCN Occupational Health Nurse Managers)

    The occupational health nurse's role is central to the positive promotion of health at work.

    The well established links between all areas of healthcare provide a major opportunity for the positive improvement of the physical, social and psychological aspects of health of those in employment and in the community.

    'A healthy population is a key factor in a prosperous and modern economy' (Our Healthier Nation - a Contact for Health, consultation document, February 1998)

    This session will focus on mental health at work, exploring the links between good mental health and an efficient and effective workplace. It will examine the opportunity and the responsibility that this presents to influence the health and safety of the workplace, with the onus upon employers, the NHS in particular, to meet the contract for a healthier nation.


    • Healthy workplaces - are Trusts ensuring they are responsible?
      Lyn Cargill, Operational Manager, Occupational Health, Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust
    • Mental health in the workplace - launching an RCN leaflet
      Anne Henderson, Group Health Services Manager - Scottish and Newcastle
    • Organisational approach to health and safety
      Lucy Mason, Occupational Health Manager, Robens Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, University of Surrey
  5. Specialist Palliative Care Across The Boundaries

    In The Chair

    • Jean Gaffin, OBE, Executive Director, National Council of Palliative Care and Hospices (introduced by Sarah Folland, RCN Nurses Managing Specialist Palliative Care Services)

    This session focuses on the development of a collaborative approach to the provision of Specialist Palliative Care Services in South Devon working across statutory and voluntary sectors.

    The integration of all services through a central referral system that may be accessed by professionals in all areas and by lay carers where necessary will be demonstrated. The presentation and discussion will illustrate the perceived benefits and advantages of voluntary providers working in partnership with the NHS.

    The presentation will consider the dilemmas faced by service providers as the speciality extends its services to meet the requirements of broader diagnostic groups and of the Calman-Hine Report.


    • Specialist palliative care across the boundaries
      Sarah Folland, Macmillan Team Leader/Community Services Co-ordinator, Rowcroft Hospice and Christine Laing, Assistant Director of Community Services, South Devon Heatlhcare NHS Trust
    • Specialist palliative care uses holistic dependency to manage staffing levels cost effectively - do you?
      Maggie Fisher, Director of Nursing, and Audrey Williams, Deputy Director of Nursing, St Catherine's Hospice
  6. Partnership and Challenge In Independent Healthcare: Whose Responsibility

    In The Chair

    • tbc (introduced by Sue Sutton, RCN INFORM)

    The aim of this session is to help people understand the provision of healthcare beyond the NHS. Flexible, customer centred provision - acute and long term - covering all aspects of healthcare will be included in this session. The changing skill mix of the sector will be a focal point of discussion


    Bridging the 'Berlin Wall' between health and social services
    Baroness Jill Pitkeathly, National Carers Association Clinical governance a recommendation from NHS Modern, Dependable - the independent sector's view
    Roz Gray, Nurse Development Manager, BUPA Accountability of registered nurses in independent nursing homes - extending the code of conduct to include unqualified staff
    Brigitte Brassey, Regional Manager, Ashbourne Homes PLC
  7. Who Is Regulating The Regulators

    In The Chair

    • Baroness Audrey Emerton
      (introduced by Vi Haddow, RCN Nurses in Inspection & Registration)


    Who is regulating the regulators
    Chris Vellonweth, Special Projects Manager, NHS Confederation Will inform and update the position in relation to the changes in regulation affecting both the Nursing Agencies Act 1957 and the Registered Homes Act 1984.

    The way forward will be proposed

    • Quality of care through regulation - professional competencies Rose Edgson, Nurses in Registration and Inspection Officer, Cambridge Health Authority Will share professional accountability dilemmas for nurses in inspection and registration and Will outline professional competencies that will be needed in 1999 in view of regulation of the independent sector
    • Ensuring quality and safety of your temporary workforce Angela Dean, Nursing Agency Manager, Atwell Dean Nursing Agency and Wendy Thompson, Nursing Agency Manager, Nightingale Nursing Bureau

    The RCN Nursing and Care Agency Managers will raise awareness of the regulation governing the provision of the temporary nursing workforce at a time of acute nursing shortage and will share the criteria for safe practice with colleagues in order to focus in the way forward.

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