Published on: 20th May 2019
The 2019 Nursing and Care Conference took place on Tuesday, 14 May at The Lincolnshire Showground.
Over 200 people attended the event, to celebrate best practice showcased by the nursing and care teams at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).
Keynote speakers included Simon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of the NHS England, who provided an insight on the NHS Long Term Plan and spoke of the importance of ensuring mental health has the same priority as physical health when caring for people. He also spoke about how the NHS is working collectively to ensure acute and mental health services are fully integrated in the future.
Malcolm Rae, Jimmy Gittins and Ian Smith from the State of Mind Sport charity spoke about the power of sport to promote positive mental health amongst sportsmen and women, fans and wider communities, to ultimately prevent suicide. They gave an insightful and thought provoking presentation which included personal stories that inspired and moved others to speak up about mental health problems.
MiXit drama group performed to highlight STOMP a national NHS campaign to stop the over-medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both - encouraging individuals, families and healthcare services to stop the over use of psychotropic medicines and to improve people’s quality of life.
Eight workshops were run by LPFT staff and colleagues from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who shared their work on community, inpatient, older adults and specialist services.
Representatives from LPFT and partner organisations held stands with information for delegates and gave insight into services.
Three individuals were recognised in LPFT’s nursing and care superhero awards for their outstanding work and passion in their roles. This year’s winners were Health Care Support Worker, Gavin Gregory, Learning Disability Nurse, Rebecca O’Nians, and our Deputy Director of Nursing, Zoe Rowe.
Anne-Maria Newham MBE, Deputy Chief Executive, who summarised and closed the conference said:
“It has been a fabulous event; we have had some inspirational speakers today. The personal stories have been truly moving and it’s clear to see that nursing is who we are, not what we do.
"This has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase our nursing and care careers and all the good work that our nursing and care colleagues do each and every day.”
Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England said:
“It was a pleasure to see first hand the work of NHS staff in Lincolnshire, and to meet some of the exceptional carers and nurses rightly recognised for their work.
“Getting the best care for our patients also means continuing to recruit the best and brightest staff, and the new medical school for the area opening later this year will be a boost to the community, as part of the ongoing drive to bring more doctors, nurses, therapists, physios and other health professionals into Lincolnshire’s NHS.”