Students and Healthcare Support Workers in Conference
Published: 15 October 2008
Learning Reps, Health care Assistants and students all attended RCN Wales supported conferences in Llandudno North Wales last week to develop their professional networks and support.
The conference Dare to Care – Hope to Cope saw Nursing students from across Wales and parts of England get together to receive support and with career advice; the speakers which included Tina Donnelly Director of RCN Wales and Lisa Turnbull RCN Wales Policy Advisor inspire and empower students with the information and guidance they needed to ensure they can fully utilise the time in University and on professional placement.
Gill Robertson, RCN Uk-wide Student Advisor, said: “This was a great opportunity for students. We want to help them while they are still students but also provide them with tools that they can use after they are fully qualified nurses.”
On the following day Healthcare Support Workers attend the Caring For Your Future Conference facilitated by Learning Representatives at the Venue Cyrmu conference centre. This event drew together a wide range of individuals working alongside registeted nurses and deomstrated the diversity of the Nursing Family in Wales.
Since in recent years, health care restructuring has brought profound changes to
the work environment of Health Care Support Workers in Wales the conference provided those present with the tools to improve health care delivery.
Gill Williams, Tracheostomy Specialist Nurse/Clinical Teacher and RCN Union Learning Representative who helped organised the conference, said: “The overarching concept for this conference is to value the role of the Health Care Worker within the contemporary health care arena. The programme has been carefully designed to give the delegates information which will be of use to them in both their clinical work and their educational development.”
Martin Semple Head of the RCN Wales Institute said, "The two conferences organised by both staff and local activists have demonstrated the diversity of the RCN in Wales. By working in close collaboration we have shared knowledge, showcased best practice and supported members to deliver better patient care."
For further information on the range of RCN Wales training events please vist the RCN Wales Events section of this website.