Public Health Nursing: Contacts that Count
Chaired by Jason Warriner, Quality and Governance Director, Terrance Higgins Trust
- 21 March 2014
- - The University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Aimed at the public health nursing workforce this programme developed by the RCN Public Health Forum will discuss recommendations made by the NHS Future Forum. Healthcare professionals have a core responsibility to make every contact count with every individual they come in contact with as an opportunity to help improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Contacts that count will provide an update on the key issues in public health nursing and provide tools to deliver better patient outcomes.
Hear the latest on health inequalities and using data for population health; put your questions to nursing leads from the four countries of the UK and choose from interactive workshops including:
- immunisation: improving uptake and talking to parents
- sexual health and HIV: from novice to expert – leading through excellence
- respiratory and smoking cessation
- making contacts count - having the 'difficult' conversation
- harnessing the web for health and wellness
- understanding data: introduction to epidemiology
- improving health and work outcomes
- travel health - an update and testing competence in a travel consultation.
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08.30-09.30 Registration, exhibition viewing and refreshments
09.30-11.00 Welcome, introductions and keynotes
11.00-11.30 Refreshments and exhibition viewing
11.30-12.30 Public health stream one
12.30-13.30 Lunch and exhibition viewing
13.30-14.30 Nursing Call to Action ‘Contacts that Count’ UK four country perspective on roles and opportunities for public health nursing - Led by public health nursing leaders across the UK
14.30-15.00 Refreshments and exhibition viewing
15.00-16.00 Public health stream two
16.05-16.45 Contacts that count: question time debate
16.45-17.00 Chairs’ closing remarks
17.00 Close of conference
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Please be aware that there are some major road works being carried out in Coventry which may have an impact on you travel. Please visit the website below for more details.
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The University is located in the heart of England, adjacent to the city of Coventry - 3 miles (5 kilometres) from the city centre - and on the border with Warwickshire.
University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3523
Fax: +44 (0)24 7646 1606
Coventry Rail Station
Coventry rail station, approximately four miles from the campus, is the nearest main-line train station. It is easily reached from London (Euston), Birmingham and Leicester, all of which run regular and frequent services direct to Coventry. From Coventry Station, there are frequent local bus services to the University.
Visitors should follow the signs from the station to Warwick Road (a 2 minute walk) and from there catch the Travel Coventry services 12/12A or U1 which travel onto the main campus. The Stagecoach service U1 travels along Warwick Road and onto the Central Campus. More information on bus travel to the University can be found here.
Taxis are also available from outside of the station (about £10, 15 mins).
Birmingham New Street Rail Station
During weekdays trains from Birmingham New Street depart for Coventry on average every 10 minutes. The journey takes between 20-30 minutes depending on which service is used.
London Midland offer a regular rail service that stops at local rail stations including Canley Rail Station which is a 25 minute walk, or a shorter bike ride or taxi journey than from the main Coventry Rail Station to campus.
Canley Rail Station
Canley has a small local rail station that is approximately 1.3 miles away from The University - it is a 25 minute walk, a short bike ride or taxi journey to main campus (Note: there isn't a taxi rank at Canley so please ring a taxi in advance). London Midland offer a regular rail service that passes through Canley Station going to London, Milton Keynes, Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International, Coventry, Rugby and Northampton.
From the North
From the M69/M6 interchange (M6 Jct 2) take A46 towards Warwick and Coventry S & E. After approximately 3.5 miles you will reach Tollbar End roundabout (junction with A45). At the roundabout, follow signs for A45 Birmingham. After approximately 3 miles you will cross the A429 (Kenilworth Road), half a mile after this junction take the left-hand turn signposted 'University of Warwick'. Follow signs for University of Warwick (and Warwick Arts Centre) across two roundabouts. You are now approaching the University of Warwick from Kirby Corner Road.
From the South East
From M45 Jct 1 take A45 towards Coventry. After approximately 7 miles you will reach Tollbar End roundabout (junction with A46) follow signs for A45 Birmingham. Now follow directions as for arriving from the North.
From the South
From M40 Jct 15 take A46 towards Coventry. After approximately 8 miles leave A46 at junction signposted 'University of Warwick and Stoneleigh'. After a further 1.5 miles you will cross the A429 (Kenilworth Road). You are now approaching the University of Warwick from Gibbet Hill Road.
From the West
From M42 Jct 6 take A45 towards Coventry. After approximately 9 miles you will pass a large Sainsbury store on your left. At the next roundabout (Fire Station on right) take the right-hand exit, signposted 'University and Canley'. Follow signs for University of Warwick (and Warwick Arts Centre) across two roundabouts. You are now approaching the University of Warwick from Kirby Corner Road.
The RCN Public Health Forum conference and exhibition provides you with an unrivalled opportunity to connect directly with a significant group of the UK’s leading public health nurses.
There are a number of ways for you to be involved in the exhibition giving you the opportunity to network and raise your profile within this specialist nursing arena. Packages can be tailored by our sales team to help you achieve specific objectives, so please speak to us about your needs.
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Health Inequalities: what stories does the data tell us?
Professor Chris Bentley, Independent Population Health Consultant
The new Millennium saw a welcome focus on defining and seeking to address inequalities in health. As part of the new focus of thinking, it began to be recognised that the relationship between healthcare and population health was rather indistinct. Some areas were rated as having well performing services, but these did not appear to be making any impact on poor population health, and particularly not on inequalities in health. Was this inevitable, or might there be ways of changing the relationship.
In 2007 the Health Inequalities National Support Team was set the task of supporting the most deprived 20% of local authorities with the poorest health in narrowing the life expectancy gap with the England average. The task was a very tightly defined one – to narrow the gap by 10% by 2010. This meant being clear what actions were capable of making a percentage change at population level, and which ones would change the outcomes in a short timescale. This required disciplined thinking, and disciplined action. It was important to develop models to define what it would take for known interventions to create the level of change needed.
Secondly, the leadership of the Local Strategic Partnerships needed to understand that action by them was capable of making this sort of measurable difference. It was necessary to ‘demystify’ the problem. For this, the value of good analysis was critical, not in its raw form, but developed in ways that distilled out key points into understandable narrative and convincing presentation.
Many of the lessons learned through this successful strategy continue to be just as relevant in today’s reorganised health and healthcare systems. The possible impact of some of these will be examined, particularly with relevance to nursing in different parts of the system.
London 2012 – what can we learn, and should we do it again?
Dr Brian McCloskey CBE, Director of Global Health, Public Health England
The presentation will examine the health protection preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and explore the challenges and successes. It will look at what public health legacy there is from hosting the Games and what were the key lessons for other potential host cities.
Public health stream one
Immunisation: improving uptake and talking to parents
Dr Helen Bedford Senior lecturer ICH /UCL
Immunisation is a highly effective intervention for the prevention of death, disability and illness arising from infectious diseases. Although vaccine uptake rates in the UK are generally high, pockets of lower uptake remain leaving children vulnerable to potentially damaging infections. Most under-immunisation is due to service related factors. However, many parents, even those who accept vaccines, have concerns and questions about immunisation. Talking with parents about immunisation and discussing their questions is an important part of the immunisation process, yet many parents report dissatisfaction with this element of provision. In view of this, it is not surprising that parents will turn to alternative sources of information, notably to the Internet where, at the click of a mouse, information of variable quality including from anti-vaccination site is easily available.
In this presentation the key determinants of vaccine uptake will be reviewed; particular focus will be given to the importance of health professionals providing parents with evidence based information and some of the key questions parents ask will be discussed.
Sexual Health and HIV: from Novice to Expert – leading through excellence
Dr David Evans, Senior lecturer in sexual health, University of Greenwich
Headline news rightly celebrates teenage pregnancy rates down to their lowest level since 1969. At the same time, headlines also remind us that most sexual infections in the UK are constantly rising across genders and sexual orientations, age groups and ethnicities: a clear indication that unprotected sex is still ‘the norm’ for most. We also know that the number of people living with HIV infection, including those untested, is at its highest level ever, still with no vaccine against HIV and no cure for AIDS. Yet, like abortion, HIV often continues to be hidden, or invisibilised, to ‘the general population’. Despite great efforts in the UK, various stigmas persist as problematic for health care and professionals, affecting everything from initial public health promotion to optimum and timely service access.
This presentation will showcase examples of how to move from novice to expert across the triptych of sexual health provision, demonstrating nurses leading through excellence.
Improving health and work outcomes
Bill Gunnyeon, Director for Health and Wellbeing and Chief Medical Adviser, Department for Work and Pensions, London
The positive benefits for health of being in work and the negative effects of worklessness are now well established and much work has been done to change culture and behaviour in this area with a view to reducing long term sickness absence and job loss. The presentation will share research findings from evaluation of the fit note and then consider the development and implementation of the new Health and Work Service, a key element of the government’s response to the independent review of sickness absence.
Respiratory and smoking cessation
Matthew Hodson, Nurse Consultant, Acute COPD Early Response Service (ACERS) and Wendy Preston, Smoking Cessation Specialist
This session will look to address 2 key public health messages within the respiratory field focussing on the need for earlier diagnosis of chronic lung diseases such as COPD and highlighting the need to see smoking cessation as a treatment for lung disease. The speakers will give an over of these two areas and allow time for a question and answer session.
The Obesity challenge
Dr Louisa Ells, Reader in Public Health & Obesity (Teesside University), Specialist Advisor to the obesity knowledge and intelligence team (Public Health England)
An interactive session providing an overview of the obesity: causes, consequences, prevalence and challenges. The session will then focus on paediatric obesity: prevalence and treatment: what the evidence says. This will be followed by an introduction to the National Child Measurement Programme: what it tells us and future opportunities and challenges for practice and research. The session will then end with an active discussion on how best to work with schools in addressing childhood obesity.
Public health stream two
Making contacts count - having the 'difficult' conversation
Jennifer Percival, RCN National Trainer
This session will explain how delegates can:
- assess their clients understanding of the risks posed to their health by their lifestyle choices
- help clients work through their resistance to change
- identify when a person is motivated to make a change
- set clear action boundaries without damaging client relationships
- encourage the uptake of referrals and adjunct treatments
- build people’s confidence to take action
- continue to engage with people who are proving resistant to change
- prevent relapse by helping clients take more control of their options.
Harnessing the social web for health and wellness
Ross Scrivener, RCN
We are living through a period of extraordinary change and “wicked” health care problems. How can we harness the promise of technologies to tackle the most pressing public health issues of our times? This talk is not about promoting techno-fixes. Instead it will look at how certain tools can help us to develop fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to mutli-faceted issues.
A range of social tools are now available to us and these are beginning to be used in public health settings, from tracking epidemics, crowdsourcing wellness programmes and using different channels to engage communities. We can use them to become better collaborators, co-designers and more active and effective participants.
Ross will give some examples of how we are using insights from the use of social media in our work within the Royal College of Nursing on public health issues and our wider knowledge and innovation agenda.
Introduction to epidemiology and outbreak management
Vanessa Baugh, Nurse Consultant, North east and north central London Health Protection Team
This session introduces epidemiology and its valuable contribution to public health
Epidemiology has been defined as “the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this study to the control of health problems” (Last, 1995).
Nurses working in public health have an essential role to play in epidemiology, from data collection, to analysis, interpretation and response to findings. Epidemiology influences health policies, impacts upon the roles of healthcare workers and the function of health systems, through an increasing realisation and understanding of health needs, disease burdens and the efficacy of health interventions.
The practice of epidemiology is particularly important in the surveillance and control of communicable diseases. As such, the session will offer examples of outbreak detection and management (including measles) using the principles of epidemiology.
Travel Health – an update and Testing Competence in a Travel Consultation
Sandra Grieve, Independent Travel Specialist Nurse and Jane Chiodini, Travel Health Specialist Nurse, The Village Medical Centre, Bedford
Nurses delivering travel health services to UK travellers should be aware of their competence and the professional development required to provide such a service. Keeping up to date with the most current information and recommendations is essential to the delivery of high standards of care. Undertaking a travel health risk assessment for the individual traveller and knowing where to access current resources are key components in managing potential risks.
This joint presentation will provide an update in travel health which will be relevant to the provision of travel health advice, illustrating and reinforcing the importance of competence and education in delivering that advice.
Accommodation is available at Warwick University priced at £70 for single en-suite rooms with breakfast included. Twin rooms are also available at an additional charge.
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