Here is my update of activities within the South Birmingham Branch for the second part of this centenary year.
In July, Felicity Crockford, RCN Legal Officer, provided a good interchange with the audience on NMC documentation and fitness to practise. Various related topics were discussed at the meeting which took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and attracted more than 40 members. Our Branch Secretary, Stuart Young, emphasised the importance of reflecting on learning as part of the NMC revalidation process.
Moseley Hall Hospital was the venue for the September Local Learning Event (LLE) where all those present received an RCN 100 year anniversary badge. Cakes and juice were available. Stuart Young, an Alzheimers Society Dementia Champion, explained how we can all help to make communities and health care settings more dementia friendly. The session was interactive throughout with group activities. Everyone present was encouraged to become a 'dementia friend'.
Our most recent LLE in November took place at Birmingham Women's Hospital and consisted of the Branch AGM as well as a speaker. The process of election for the chair, secretary and treasurer, overseen by two RCN officers, resulted in all three being reappointed unopposed - namely Tracey Budding, Stuart Young and Becky Hoskins respectively.
The speaker, Becky Hoskins, provided an overview of the Code of Professional Conduct - what is new and the changes, followed by the requirements of Revalidation. A very useful talk and following question and answer session - thank you, Becky. Those present enjoyed a light lunch and juice supplied by the branch.
In July 2016 I retired completely from working as a nurse, therefore I feel this is the right time to stand down as Honorary President of the South Birmingham Branch. I have been associated with the branch since we moved to Birmingham in 1985, and in those early days it was difficult to keep it going. However, today the branch is very strong thanks to a dedicated Executive Committee. To have fulfilled the role of Honorary President was, indeed, an honour and I thank everyone for that - and for the lovely flowers presented to me during the meeting.
To all South Birmingham RCN members, please support the Local Learning Events that are arranged for you and encourage colleagues to join in. Remember - you, the members, are the RCN!
Our next LLE is scheduled for Tuesday 14 February 2017 (2pm) at Birmingham Women's Hospital. Make it a date! Check the RCN website for details.
Best wishes to you all for 2017.