The event in Warrington was an opportunity for nurses and healthcare professionals to meet up and hear how colleagues cope with challenging situations, and to learn how different Trusts are supporting their staff in their roles.
A number of nurses who cared for patients after the Manchester Arena attack in May spoke about what happened in the minutes, hours and days after the incident, sharing their feelings, experience and insight. Speakers focused on exploring how to develop resilience in what are undoubtedly very challenging times for healthcare staff - not just after a major incident, but every day.
Guest speakers included Deputy Divisional Director of Nursing for Division of Salford Health and Social Care, Kate Shepley, Assistant Director of Nursing and Quality from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Tracy Crumbleholme and Sarah
Colin Parry OBE from the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation provided a very moving insight into how he and his family coped after losing their son and brother, Tim, in the IRA bomb attack in Warrington in 1993. Delegates were treated to a reflective and uplifting vocal performance by the young people from Parrs Wood High School choir who appeared with Ariana Grande at the One Love concert following the Manchester Arena attack.
RCN North West Regional Director, Estephanie Dunn, said: "We were delighted to see so many of our members come together to hear some very inspiring insights into how resilience can help nurses cope in challenging times. We heard some extraordinary stories about how staff across Greater Manchester responded after the Manchester Arena attack in May, and how they continue to support patients and their families six months down the line.
"We know many hospital Trusts are involved in really proactive initiatives to engage with and support nurses and healthcare staff during shifts and beyond, and the Conference enabled members to hear what is out there to help them."