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'Let's Get Personal'

Hundreds of nurses and midwives came together today for their annual conference.  This year's theme - 'Let's Get Personal' focused around a commitment to improving individual and personalised care for every Nursing Conference 2014patient.

An up-dated Nursing & Midwifery Strategy was launched during lunchtime at this, the third, Annual Nursing & Midwifery Conference.

Throughout the day staff attended workshops and sessions on a vast range of subjects including Care and Compassion; Delivering the Best Patient Care; Communication and Listening and Responding.

Gill Heaton OBE, Chief Nurse said, "I was absolutely delighted to lead this conference. Delivering care with dignity and compassion, in a personal way, is key to ensuring our patients experience the best care possible across all our hospitals and community services.

"I was also delighted to be introduce our keynote speaker Corporal Andy Reid and we are extremely grateful for him agreeing to attend the event.

"Our organisation is committed to ensuring that our patients receive not only the best clinical treatment, but also the best possible experience of care delivered with dignity and compassion."

In such a busy and complex environment it can be a real challenge for nurses and midwives to provide high quality clinical care and a personalised service but it is a challenge which nurses and midwives take on every day.

Also announced on the day were the winners the Nurses' Fellowship Award and our own internal GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Awards.  These are awards which have been introduced to recognise our nursing and midwifery colleagues across the organisation.  The awards focus on our organisation's values - there will be one winner for each of the values ie. respect, dignity, compassion, consideration, empathy and pride. One of these winners was also presented with the Chief Nurse Award.