Learning in Practice Conference 2019
On Tuesday 2 July the School of Nursing and Midwifery held their annual Learning in Practice Conference at Keele Hall. The event was attended by over 100 people including clinical practice staff, students, academics and guest speakers.
The Conference participants enjoyed talks from several speakers including Hilary Garratt - Deputy Chief Nursing Officer NHS England and NHS Improvement, Sue West - Senior Nursing Advisor at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Dr Lou Hunt - Senior Lecturer De Montford University. The proceedings were opened by Professor Pauline Walsh – Executive Faculty Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences from Keele University. Other university speakers were Dr Patricia Owen – Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr Pete Lonsdate – Elearning Fellow and Clare Corness-Parr – Director of Undergraduate Programmes for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of Silver Awards to mentors from practice. These were awarded by Hilary Garratt for nursing and Dr Yana Richens, Deputy Head of Maternity, NHS England and NHS Improvement for midwifery. The recipients were nominated for a variety of reasons, not least their commitment to student support and to improving practice. Many congratulations to Lynn Dudley, Dawn Moss, David Jefferson and Mark Taylor from Univeristy Hospitals of North Midlands, North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare and Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, who were the deserving recipients.
Student nurses and midwives from the School of Nursing and Midwifery also spoke about their experiences of practice placements and support they have received from mentors during their training. Their words were met with appreciation as they voiced their thanks for some excellent learning experiences which have helped them to develop during their training.
Mentors from North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare also presented a model which they have developed to ensure students receive a positive and consistent placement experience. The final two presentations of the day from School staff looked to the future as the School introduces a new nursing curriculum in line with the NMC 2018 standards. Together with our practice partners we will be implementing the new Standards for Student Supervision and Assessment alongside our Future Nurse curriculum.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery would like to extend our thanks to all our external speakers, our practice partners both from the NHS and private sector, and our students for a successful event.