Conference inspires nurses and midwives to lead

Published: 24 November 2017 at 14:08

Staff and students posing for a group photo with Diane Sarker

Anglia Ruskin hosts first Nursing and Midwifery conference for Essex NHS staff

Nurses and midwives from across Essex and aspiring health and social care students from Anglia Ruskin University 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 Anglia Ruskin's Chelmsford campus.  

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 STP.

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 and Education at Anglia Ruskin. 

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 forthcoming year.

She 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.”

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 Taylor 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.