Wednesday 13 April
- Health and wellbeing: Waterfront morning walk
- Health and wellbeing: Healthy at home zone
- Health and wellbeing: Live cookery demonstration
- Assistant practitioners: Enrolled nurses by another name or true holistic practitioners?
- A White Paper – or a black day for nursing education?
- Breast cancer today
- Eyes right
- Healthy tan or deathly tan?
- How can learning representatives protect learning in the workplace in times of economic uncertainty?
- LGBT network meeting
- Nursing & PPI: why it matters for nurses and how to do it effectively
- RCN strategy for patient safety: making it our business
- Surviving the night shift
- What all women need to know about the menopause – from premature ovarian failure to natural menopause
- While the front door stays open, the back door slams shut on stroke care
- Health and wellbeing: Bowen complementary therapies technique taster sessions
- Health and wellbeing: An aromatic adventure - an introduction to the wonderful world of aromatherapy
- Sponsored educational seminar: How can telephone-based care improve patient care
- Health and wellbeing: Mind-body session with Joy Darch
- Acute oncology: everyone's business
- Delivering great customer service to members
- Mary Seacole annual lecture
- Q&A with Dr Peter Carter
- See no pain, hear no pain
- Monica Baly lecture: The poor law in Liverpool and nursing
- Celtic night
Health and wellbeing: waterfront morning walk
Meet outside of the Cityside entrance of the ACC
Looking to get fit, lose weight or just want some early morning fresh air? Then join us at Walk for Health Liverpool on a 30 minute morning walk to set you up for the day. Please wear sensible clothing and footwear; all participants must complete a health questionnaire prior to the walk for insurance purposes. Questionnaires will be available from the information point.
Come and visit our healthy at home zone where you can relax in a living room environment and utilise fitness equipment that is affordable, compact and easy to use.
Wednesday, 12.45-1.35pm Health and wellbeing: Live cookery demonstration
NHS Liverpool Community Health Team
ACC, Lower Galleria, Exhibition demonstration area
Aiming to provide awareness of the link between diet and long-term health by working with local people in the community and partner agencies the team will be providing evidence-based nutrition publications and healthy tasters.
Assistant practitioners: Enrolled nurses by another name or true holistic practitioners?
RCN Cheshire East Branch
Hilton, Room 5
As increasing numbers of Assistant Practitioners (APs) enter the NHS, this event will help inform those who question their role in the nursing workforce. This event is presented by the RCN Cheshire East Branch which has developed the AP role over a number of years and is now seeing APs working effectively within a wide range of settings, including hospital teams, community nursing and general practice. Speakers will outline the content of the Foundation Degree course for APs and talk about the North West’s Delivering the Workforce strategy, while an expert panel will include employers from health and social care backgrounds.
A White Paper – or a black day for nursing education?
RCN Nursing Department
ACC, Upper Galleria, Hall 1B
This event is for everyone who wants to share in the debate about how the changes announced in the White Paper (in England) and by the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will affect nurse education and training. We are especially interested in exploring how these changes will affect the competence, not just of nurses, but also of those who work with them, and how we can strive to maintain and develop quality care.
Breast cancer today
RCN Practice Nurse’s Association
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 10
This fringe event is aimed at any nurse working with patients who are at risk of breast cancer, going through the screening process, have been diagnosed with breast cancer or are under/recovering from treatment. The session will be led by a key speaker and specialist within the field. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to participate in a facilitated discussion and question and answer session.
RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 11B
An introduction to a free tool that can identify individuals with poor eyesight who can then be advised to access further assistance to prevent sight loss.
Healthy tan or deathly tan?
RCN Dermatology Nurses Forum
Jurys Inn, Room 6
This event aims to raise awareness and recognition of the hazards of sunbed usage in the UK, with speaker Valerie Loftus, a skin cancer nurse from North Wales. Evidence published by Cancer Research UK in November 2009 revealed that 50 percent of 15 to 17 year old girls from Liverpool and Sunderland aimed to use sunbeds at least once a week. With this level of sunbed usage, nurses can play a key role in getting the message across to patients that the evidence of the dangers of sunbeds is increasing. In addition, Committee will give three short sun awareness health promotional presentations, targeting babies, children and adults.
How can learning representatives protect learning in the workplace in times of economic uncertainty?
RCN Employment Relations Department
Hilton, Room 7
The current financial year is likely to be a time of major change within the NHS and independent sector workplaces. At a time of such change, learning and development opportunities are at risk of being cut or put on hold while changes are implemented and embedded. This presentation and workshop will explore what support and resources are available to enable learning representatives to engage with employers and work in partnership to protect learning.
The annual meeting in which LGBT Network members are invited to exchange ideas and have their say on the issues the RCN will tackle on their behalf in the coming year.
Nursing & PPI : why it matters for nurses and how to do it effectively
RCN Policy Unit
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 4A
A workshop looking at how nurses can be better involved with patient and public involvement and engagement (PPI/E) in health and social care. The event is aimed at anyone interested in or already doing PPI/E, and will give a broad overview of the current issues for nurses, as well as providing some examples and case-studies of good practice.
RCN strategy for patient safety: making it our business
RCN Learning & Development Institute
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 13
Come along to learn more about the RCN’s strategy for patient safety and the related work the RCN is doing in this area. You will be introduced to the concept of ‘human factors’ in health care, examining how particular factors – such as environment, organisational structure and individual personality – can influence people and their behaviour. You will then be given suggestions on how the elements of this theory can be applied by individuals and teams working to improve the safety of patient care.
Surviving the night shift
RCN United Kingdom Safety Representatives Committee
Jurys Inn, Room 3-5
Positioning of Nurses/Campaigning
Many RCN members work night shifts either permanently or on rotation. Some people adjust well to night work while others find it difficult to cope with the disruption to the body’s natural rhythms. This fringe will give tips on what you and your employer can do to make shift work more tolerable. It will also explore some of the recent reports linking shift work to breast cancer and the benefits of 'power napping'. This fringe is open to all members but will be of particular interest to members who work nights, RCN safety representatives and occupational health nurses.
What all women need to know about the menopause – from premature ovarian failure to natural menopause
RCN Women’s Health and the RCN Midwifery and Fertility Nursing Forums
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 12
Join us at this event to hear the latest on managing menopause and fertility options, for you and your patients. We will be discussing premature ovarian failure (early menopause), the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), alternative and complementary therapies and natural remedies that could be suitable. We will also highlight the key questions and issues you should be discussing with your patients to ensure that they get the right treatment for them, and to allow you to guide them through the menopause successfully and with minimum distress.
While the front door stays open, the back door slams shut on stroke care
RCN Neuroscience Forum
Jurys Inn, Room 9
The RCN’s Neuroscience Forum reports back on the findings of a year of workshops held across the country on stroke care, and invites discussion and debate on future policy and practice for this life-changing condition. Topics include: new technology and research that have improved diagnosis and treatment of patients; the rehabilitation phase of care; the extreme variability of access to experienced multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams in different settings; and the potential benefits of intensive short-term rehab to gain long-term rewards for the patient.
Wednesday, 1-1.15pm and 1.15-1.30pm (two 15 minute sessions)
Health and wellbeing: Bowen complementary therapies technique taster sessions
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 8
The Bowen Technique is a natural complementary therapy, suitable for all ages, including babies and older people. It is appropriate for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, including back pain, sciatica, neck, shoulder and knee problems, arthritis, asthma, migraine, sports injuries and stress. Fifteen minute taster sessions will be offered so that you can experience the therapy first hand, many find their aches and pains melt away! Places are limited; please pre-book this session onsite.
Health and wellbeing: An aromatic adventure - an introduction to the wonderful world of aromatherapy
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 9
In this interactive workshop, you will gain a basic understanding of the art of aromatherapy and hear of three specific essential oils used to aid relaxation and stress reduction. The session will be relaxing, fun, informative and intimate with a maximum of ten participants who will each blend their own personal massage oil to take away with them. Notes and materials supplied. Places are limited; please pre-book this session onsite.
Sponsored educational seminar: How can telephone-based care improve patient care
Sponsored by Pfizer Health Solutions
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room
Want to know how telephone-based care can improve patient care? A key priority for nurses is to improve people’s ability to self care, and reduce episodes of unscheduled care. For people with long-term conditions, participating in a telephone-based coaching programme demonstrates improvements in patient experience and quality of care, and reductions in service use.
The session will provide you with an opportunity to discuss the evidence behind telephone based care, and discover how it can empower patients to self care. Join us to have your questions answered by pioneers in the field.
Health and wellbeing: Mind-body session with Joy Darch
ACC, R Upper Galleria, Room 8
Psychoneuroimmunologists have contributed enormously to medical science, showing that stress and the emotional state play a significant role in making us vulnerable to disease. Putting into practice knowledge of the mind-body link has potential for the health and wellbeing of patients and practitioners alike. Come and experience a practical demonstration of the impact that relaxation and positive thinking can have. Take time, kick off your shoes and remind yourself of the power of the mind-body link. Joy is programme leader at the British College of Integrative Medicine.
Places are limited; please pre-book this session onsite.
Acute oncology: everyone's business
RCN Cancer and Breast Care Forum
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 4A
This seminar aims to raise awareness of how to care for cancer patients in the acute setting and what acute oncology means for those working in primary and secondary care. We need to ensure that all cancer patients receive appropriate treatment, delivered to a high standard, as this is critical if we are to improve cancer outcomes.
Delivering great customer service to members
RCN Nursing Department
Jurys Inn, Room 3-5
The RCN is committed to delivering excellent customer service to all members and has made improving customer experience a top priority. Members are invited to take part in a discussion and workshop to share ideas and suggestions to help improve customer service and its delivery across the RCN.
Mary Seacole annual lecture
RCN Diversity Unit
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 12
This year's Mary Seacole lecture will be delivered by RCN Deputy President Cecilia Anim, who will reflect on her experience of working in the health sector over the last 30 years and share how this journey has culminated in her becoming the first black person to be elected as RCN Deputy President. The Diversity Unit is pleased to invite all RCN members to attend this inspirational Mary Seacole lecture where delegates can network, exchange ideas and hear from this motivating speaker.
This Frontline First event will look at the latest news and numbers from the RCN’s critically important nationwide campaign. Analysing the latest information on cuts, waste and innovations, it will paint an accurate picture of the state of the NHS in all four countries of the UK. Hosted by Dr Peter Carter, the event will also enable members to ask questions on any topic relating to health, the RCN and the difficulties currently facing healthcare.
See no pain, hear no pain
RCN Research Society
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 13
Vets get more teaching about pain management than nurses and doctors in the UK! In 2011, the Global Year Against Acute Pain, this seminar will educate you about acute pain through patients’ descriptions of their experiences, and provide you with useful resources to share with your colleagues. We will look at how pain after surgery and trauma is still poorly managed in the UK, despite major advances in research in the past two decades, while patients all too often don’t know what to expect and suffer severe pain without complaint. The drugs and technology to relieve pain and related suffering are available, yet the gap between evidence and practice is wide. Every nurse has a role to play in bridging that gap. Start here.
Monica Baly lecture: The poor law in Liverpool and nursing
RCN History of Nursing Society
ACC, Upper Galleria, Room 14
The Monica Baly Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the RCN calendar and is given annually to promote scholarship in nursing history. Carolyn Gibbons (registered nurse and Principal Lecturer, Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire) was an award winner in 2008 and was funded to research Poor Law Registers in Liverpool. Carolyn presents her research on how the sick poor (without access to a publicly funded health care system) were once cared for in Brownlow Workhouse Infirmary, Liverpool.
Kick up your heels to a live band and share the craick at Celtic Night. Open house after 9pm with entry by ticket only before. Please contact Michael Browne or your Council member at Congress to obtain your ticket.