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NURSING CONFERENCE
PRESENTATIONS

Ros Moore's powerpoint presentation:
Part 1
- 3.9MB and
Part 2
- 1MB

Roger Thompson's powerpoint presentation:
click here - 676KB

Mick McKeown and Dave Mercer's presentation:

click here for powerpoint presentation ‘Why Nurses should not be in the BNP’ - 3.4MB

click here for article on: Mental health Nursing and resistance to fascism by M McKeown and D Mercer, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2010, 17, 152–161 - PDF - 104KB

Gail Adams' powerpoint presentation:
click here - 1MB

 
Nursing Conference November 2010

UNISON's Scottish Nursing Conference was held at the Trades Hall in Glasgow on Tuesday 2 November 2010

Report by
Bridget Hunter


with links to presentations from
the conference

   
 

UNISON Scotland Nursing Conference
2 November 2010 - 10.00am-4.30pm
Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow G1 1UH

On 2 November 2010 in the Trades Hall in Glasgow the Nursing & Midwifery Sector Committee held a very successful Nursing Conference where nurses, midwives and health visitors from all branches of UNISON attended. The event was chaired by Bridget Hunter, Lead Officer for Nurses & Midwives who acts as secretary to the sector committee.

The event originally had Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing as the keynote speaker but very late in the day we were notified that she could not attend. Jackie Baillie, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing happily and ably stepped into the breach. Jackie spoke of what her vision was for the future if Labour were to be elected to govern from May. She stated she was committed to no compulsory redundancies within the NHS in Scotland and that she had a plan to establish a panel of specialists to look at how best to shape the number and shape of health boards for the coming years.

Ros Moore, Chief Nurse for Scotland
, was the first speaker was and gave a presentation on 'My Ambitions for Nursing in Scotland' who told the conference that nursing and midwifery teams really are key to the quality strategy for the future. She identified her 3 ambitions as:

  1. To use taxpayer money wisely so that we come out the other end of this with better care and better services agreed through real partnerships with our staff, service users & communities
  2. Achieved by getting the routine high impact nursing interventions right - all the time through productivity prevention and innovation.
  3. We stay connected to the workforce, their values & motivations

She also spoke of making better use if Healthcare Support workers and nursing assistants whom she said were “Worth their weight in gold”. She ended by saying that:
Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors”

(click links for Ros Moore's powerpoint presentation: Part 1 - 3.9MB and Part 2 - 1MB)


Roger Thompson, NMC Director of Standards and Registrations spoke on ‘Increasing Public Protection: moving beyond the register’ and spoke of their newly released document ‘Raising and Escalating Concerns’. He spoke about the NMC and investigating systemic failure and about ‘joining up regulation’

    1. Regulating individuals
    2. Regulating providers
    3. Bridging the gap

(click here for Roger Thompson's powerpoint presentation - 676KB)


Mick McKeown, Principal Lecturer,
University of Central Lancashire and Dave Mercer Senior Lecturer, Liverpool University gave a fantastic presentation on ‘Why Nurses should not be in the BNP’. They spoke of

  1. History of health care workers active in resistance to fascism
  2. In trade unions
  3. Community activism
  4. Anti-fascist groups and alliances
  5. Making links at the level of occupation and activism

and they drew relevance  to today from survivor stories from Guantanamo, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, former Yugoslavia, Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq. They urged branches to be active not just reactive as the BNP are out there and growing through their activity.

(click here for powerpoint presentation ‘Why Nurses should not be in the BNP’ - 3.4MB)
(click here for article on: Mental health Nursing and resistance to fascism by M McKeown and D Mercer, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 2010, 17, 152–161 - PDF - 104KB)

Gail Adams, Head of Nursing for UNISON presented ‘Speaking up and Speaking out’ and ‘Raising and Escalating Concerns’ and responded to the NMC newly released document ‘Raising and Escalating Concerns’.

(click here for Gail Adams powerpoint presentation - 1MB)


Questions were ably asked of all the presenters throughout the day.

A panel for question and answers and workshops were conducted which completed the conference which closed at 4pm.

The turnout on a very wet and miserable day could have been better as we did have places for up to 130 but of the 74 members who did attend reported they all enjoyed the content.

The Nursing & Midwifery Sector want to thank everyone that attended and participated in the discussions and asked questions, especially the speakers, and hope that we can repeat something similar for next year.

 

(click here for original PDF flyer and agenda)

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  Page updated: 29 November 2010