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Special conference shares forward thinking and celebrates nursing

​Nurses from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) celebrated their profession and learnt more from national experts about innovation, technology, new models of care and education opportunities at a special conference which took place yesterday (22 May).

The Trust’s annual nursing conference, called ‘Nurses Sharing Forward Thinking’, was held at Trinity Park in Ipswich and brought together a series of top level speakers, including:
• April Brown, Head of Quality with NHS Improvement, who discussed the importance of nurses as ambassadors for innovation and change
• Adrian Ing, Regional Officer at the Royal College of Nursing, who talked about morale, staffing levels and revalidation
• Paul Driscoll-Evans, Head of Nursing Studies at the University of Suffolk, who spoke about past, present and future education opportunities
• Caron Swinscoe, Senior Clinical Lead at NHS Digital, who discussed new technology and the ways it could help nurses.

During the afternoon, delegates took part in workshops focusing on education, patient safety, suicide prevention and technology, and were given the chance to ask questions and feedback ideas.

Dawn Collins, Deputy Director of Nursing, said: “This fantastic conference was organised to celebrate the valuable role which nurses play while exploring how they can lead the way in service improvements, innovation and practice development.

“We were delighted that so many knowledgeable and entertaining speakers from across the country were able to join us and share their expertise while bringing our staff up to speed with the challenges and opportunities currently facing our profession.

“We hope that everyone who attended the conference found it useful and will take back some of the best practice shared during the day to further improve the care they are able to provide to our service users.”