RCN Management and Leadership Conference
Leading for inclusion: Turning the tide
05 Mar 2024, 08:45 - 16:10
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Book now to reinforce your skills and confidence to address EDI and intersectionality in the workplace.
The RCN Nurses in Management and Leadership Forum look forward to working face to face with delegates to deliver the programme for Leading for inclusion: Turning the tide, created in collaboration with the RCN Mental Health and RCN Women’s Health Forums.
Navigating the complexities of equality, diversity and inclusion in healthcare can be difficult. This conference aims to increase nursing leaders' confidence in their inclusive leadership ability by actively participating in three intersectional case studies.
Delegates will collaborate, building on the learning from the case studies, resulting in co-produced resources that will assist them in making changes to "turn the tide" on a personal, professional and systems level.
Programme and case study topics
- Leading for inclusion and findings from the research report 'Too Hot to handle?'
- Supporting neurodivergence & learning disabilities in patients and colleagues
- Menopause at work: leading a supportive environment
- Achieving racial equality in nursing
- Leading for inclusion: advocating for improvement
At the end of this conference, delegates will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective, inclusive leadership practice in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
- Using case study reflection and resources enable a safe and inclusive working environment that embeds cultural humility, emotional intelligence and cultural competence
- Build personal confidence and ability to engage and contribute to meaningful conversations that support EDI
- Demonstrate allyship with confidence to create and lead positive change inclusively
- Facilitate an inclusive environment with the right culture and individual behaviours as important contributors to good quality care.
Who should attend?
The conference will appeal to aspiring, newly appointed or senior managers working in all health settings, including those working in the independent, educational, social care and voluntary sectors.
As a forum, we recognise the need for all to develop management and leadership qualities throughout their career and regardless of whether working in formal management or leaderships positions.
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The programme has been designed to develop inclusive leadership skills and confidence through active participation in three intersectional case studies.
The conference will stimulate collaborative working to create resources to support aspiring, newly appointed and established managers to ‘Lead for Inclusion’.
Please note the details and timings within the programme are subject to change. A final programme will be in your delegate pack at the event.
Richard Desir, MA, BSc, RN is Nursing Officer Patient Experience and Safeguarding within the Office of Chief Nursing Officer, Welsh Government
He has held various senior clinical and leadership nursing roles which includes Director of Nursing, Primary and Community Clinical Board within the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, All Wales lead- All Wales District Workforce Programme , involved in Welsh Government’s Train, Work, Live campaign; Nursing Now Wales/Cmyru, contributed to the First Minister’s COVID-19 BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) Advisory Group and more recently the Anti Racist Wales Action Group
Richard is passionate about widening gender and diversity in Nursing; working and encouraging and increasing diversity in nursing and midwifery to positively influence inclusion of underrepresented groups promoting social and economic developments”.
He is keen to share his rewarding and at time challenging experiences of the NHS and diversity in nursing workforce and he is particularly interested in encouraging those interested in entering the nursing and midwifery profession in Wales. This includes mentoring and sponsoring registered nurses from the global majority - Richard Desir: A Man in Nursing – Behind the Health Statistic – Podcast – Podtail; ; Richard Desir - Black History Wales (BHWales)
Joy Warmington MBE, CEO brap
Joy is a nationally renowned equalities practitioner, who has grown brap from a fledging organisation whose main focus was Birmingham, to a national charity that has solid track record of trying to do the right thing in the complexity and chaos of our society. brap’s portfolio now includes, research, innovative programmes of learning and organisational development, methods to engage productively in conflict and programmes of experimentation, in keeping with the need for more vision and progress on societies ‘wicked’ issues.
Joy has been at the forefront of designing innovative anti-racism programmes for NHS organisations (such as the white allies programme for NHS England, delivered in partnership with the King’s Fund) and supported many public and third sector Boards through the process of critically examining their approach to anti-oppression, including anti-racism.
Joy is a qualifying as a psychotherapist and holds many other skills, including expertise in the theory and practice of deep democracy and process work. She describes herself as a strong believer in human possibilities, in dreaming and hope. She holds that we cannot change others – we can only sharpen our own skill set, so we are better able to provide doorways into curiosity and change. Joy is an experienced NHS Non-Exec director (currently with Oxford University Hospitals ) . She is also a professor at Middlesex University’s business school.
Ben Thomas, Professor of Mental Health Nursing, London South Bank University
Ben is a professor of mental health and learning disabilities at London South Bank University, where he is the co-lead for the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), Integrated Clinical Academic Post Doctoral Bridging Scheme.
Ben also works as the research and policy co-ordinator for the charity, Opening Doors, UK. The charity provides support and services for older LGBTQ+ as well as the 'Pride in Care' quality standard which includes specialist training for statutory and voluntary organisations, such as care homes, housing associations and hospitals.
Ben is a member of the RCN Mental Health Forum. He recently chaired the expert advisory group for the development of the professional nurse advocate standards for education and training programmes and modules.
Ben’s research interests include addressing health inequalities and improving the mental health of minority and disadvantaged groups. He is currently co-investigator for an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project examining the intersectional perspectives for community inclusion of older marginalised people with learning disabilities and ageing LGBTQ+ people.
Ben has worked in a variety of different settings in the UK and Australia, including NHS England as the advisor for patient safety and mental health. He worked at the Department of Health and Social care, England where he was the professional advisor for mental health and learning disabilities nursing and dementia care.
He has served on several ministerial advisory panels and reviews representing mental health nursing both in the UK and internationally, including Malaysia, South Korea, China, Canada, Australia, and Qatar.
Suzy Rowland, The Healthy in Schools Project
Born to a schoolteacher mother, Suzy enjoyed a 20+ year career in corporate communications with working with arts & government agencies, PR firms and charities, organising press briefings, new business pitches and crisis communications.
When Suzy’s son was diagnosed with autism and ADHD after a protracted diagnosis process and many school exclusions, Suzy founded the #happyinschoolproject in 2018 to challenge established thinking about how neurodivergent children are engaged and included in classroom learning and the school environment, especially those with autism and ADHD.
Having previously worked with UK disability charity SCOPE, Suzy augmented her skillset with IPSEA training, and a British Psychological Society recognised, CBT practitioner qualification for Children and Adolescents.
Suzy captured her experiences of her son’s school experiences and the diagnosis process in her first non-fiction book S.E.N.D. in the Clowns ‘Essential Autism, ADHD Guide’. Before that Suzy self-published an acclaimed poetry collection, Songs of my Soul.
Suzy has been a guest speaker at several autism conferences, interviewed on Channel 5 News, in response to the Timpson Review. Her goal is to build knowledge, genuine connections and positive narratives about educating and employing neurodivergent thinkers. Suzy was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult.
Her children’s workbook “I can’t go to School!” published by JKP in 2022 for school nonattenders is written to provide support and guidance for parents, educational and health professionals on communicating with young people who are experiencing school anxiety.
Katherine Gale, Consultant Nurse, FluxState Ltd
Katharine is an independent consultant nurse with nearly three decades of working in the NHS as a senior nursing leader in women’s health. She is the former chair of RCN Women's Health Forum and received charity funding to research 'The Working Lives of Menopausal Women in the NHS'.
Katharine is the Founder of Fluxstate, supporting women around menopause and a certified coach supporting female healthcare leaders to step up rather than step out of their healthcare roles.
Major Christine Duffy, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Christine Duffy completed her nurse training in Kenya, qualifying in 1994. This was followed by appointments with various NGOs and working as a refugee health nurse in Kenya, Tanzania and Zaire (presently DRC), before moving to South Africa to work and advance her studies and nursing career.
Career opportunities brought her to the UK in 2003, working for the NHS in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and Orthopaedics, before becoming manager in an elderly care ward. Her ambitions for autonomy and independent practice encouraged her to move on from secondary to primary care starting as a community matron and later trained as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. She now works as an ACP in general practice, her main focus being on frailty. She also has a special interest in women’s health and menopause in particular.
Outside of her clinical role, Christine is a champion for equality and inclusion, and is currently the chairperson of EMbRACE, the trust’s Ethnic Minority staff network. She was previously chairperson of the armed forces and veterans staff network and remains the Reserves workforce champion and Veterans Health clinical champion.
When not working for the NHS, Christine continues to serve the nation as an Army Reservist nursing officer and is the Officer in Command of the Medical Squadron, one of four Squadrons in her Unit.
Christine has appeared in a menopause documentary, produced by NHS staff and also led on the production of a documentary by BFBS to increase awareness of menopause in the military.
Michelle Cox, Retired Nurse
Michelle Cox is more than passionate about challenging discrimination and injustice and her positions as a nurse has enabled her to use this as a platform for social justices. Michelle until recently was also Chair of Steve Biko Housing Association ensuring that the elderly and vulnerable in the local community have access to quality affordable homes free from race discrimination. She has been described as authentic, honourable and faithful to all causes.
It comes as no surprise to hear of Michelle’s landmark win in a recent tribunal taking on her employer, the largest NHS organisation in England for race discrimination, racial harassment, victimisation and detriments for whistleblowing.
The Employment Tribunal Judgement captures just an element of the fight she took on for all black and ethnic minorities in the NHS and wider employment sectors.
Ferguson Doyle, Senior Legal Officer, Royal College of Nursing
Ferguson Doyle left school at 15 with few qualifications and joined the Merchant Navy as a deck boy. He studied hard at sea and became an onboard trade union convener for the National Union of Seamen. He won a scholarship to Ruskin College in Oxford at 21 where he studied politics, law, and economics. He was one of the youngest trade union scholars in the college’s 100-year history in 1990.
He went to the University of Sheffield after that to complete his academic training. He qualified as a lawyer in 2000 after training at a prominent human rights firm in London.
He has been employed by the RCN Northwest region as an inhouse legal officer/solicitor since 2004 and specialises in the field of employment law.
Is this conference for me?
Delegates can be confident that the programme has been designed to create a safe space to reflect and discuss equality, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and intersectionality to improve inclusivity in the workplace.
Benefits of attending
- Accrue up to 7.5 CPD hours to count towards your revalidation.
- Using case studies, reflect on inclusion, intersectionality and managing discrimination and how you can use this knowledge to improve opportunity, recognition and inclusivity in the workplace.
- Have your say. Contribute to the panel discussion and the question and answer discussions to examine and showcase positive and negative examples of EDI.
- Build and support your management and leadership skills through peer networking opportunities.
- Use this opportunity to ask the RCN the questions you want answers to.
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