With different areas of focus each year, RCN London's Autumn of Learning provides opportunities for nursing staff in every part of the region to develop their skills and knowledge through collective learning as well as harnessing input from nursing and health care experts.
A number of this year's events granted members with the chance to meet and speak with politicians, both nationally and locally as well as trade union professionals.
North West London’s event was opened by RCN England Director Tom Sandford and featured speeches from Amanda Pye, Chief Nurse at London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, Mary Turner of Maggie’s Cancer Support, Denise Chaffer, Director of Safety and Learning at the NHS Litigation Authority as well as Professor Elizabeth Anionwu.
There was a clinical focus in South West London, where a wide range of speakers addressed members on topics such as pain management, allergies, sickle cell and caring for patients with neurological disorders. The Director of Nursing at Epsom and St Helier gave a talk on a “typical day” and the challenges and rewards of being an Executive Nurse.
At North Middlesex Hospital, the North Central London branch event was opened by RCN President Cecilia Anim, with speakers including Felicia Kwaku, Deputy Chair of Chief Nursing Officers BME Strategic Advisory Group, and Libby McManus, Chief Executive, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, as well as RCN staff Nicola Clarkson and Christine Mackenzie.
In North East London RCN Council Member David Dawes led a workshop on “Influencing for success”. Speakers included London Assembly Member Jennette Arnold, Professor Elizabeth Anionwu and Barts Health Chief Nurse Caroline Alexander.
The final Autumn of Learning event for 2016 took place in Lewisham, where Vicky Foxcroft, Member of Parliament for Lewisham and Deptford, spoke with members from the Inner South East London about how nurses can benefit, both inside and outside of the workplace, from being politically engaged. There was also a workshop led by RCN London Communications Manager Ewan Russell on RCN campaigning in London. RCN Associate Director of Policy Lara Carmona closed the day with a well received talk about the RCN's campaign plans for the year ahead.
RCN London would like to thank all who contributed to the successful running of this year’s Autumn of Learning.
The Autumn of Learning will return in 2017.
A selection of photos from the events are available on the RCN London Facebook page.