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Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

17th - 18th March 2016

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    "Excellent conference, lots of networking opportunities and exceptional speakers."

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Building on the success of previous years, the sixth Florence Nightingale Foundation Annual Conference took place on 17th & 18th March 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.​

The Conference was aimed at all nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals, across all aspects of healthcare delivery, seeking to enhance their Continuing Professional Development or Continuing Medical Education.

The two day Healthcare Learning and Development Conference provided delegates with the opportunity to:

  • hear from a range of inspirational, high profile speakers
  • take part in a wide variety of outstanding masterclasses focusing on sharing best practice and practical innovations in Healthcare
  • network with other senior healthcare professionals and leaders in an interactive learning environment

Your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Medical Education (CME)

This conference was developed as a single integrated learning event. Each masterclass programme had clear learning outcomes.

Delegates have access to electronic copies of the presentations and to a structured programme of reflection that can be used for appraisal, re-registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Professions Council or for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

This year we were delighted to confirm the conference had RCN, RCM and RCP accreditation.​



Delegate feedback from this year's conference was as high as ever...

  • 96% found the conference useful
  • 93% had their expectations met
  • 86% said they would return next year

"My new member of staff was blown away, she had never been to a conference that focused on all the nursing issues the way you do."

"Thanks for organising and delivering a brilliant conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the two days. Well done."

"Hats off to all at FNF for a storming 2016 conference, they are taking nursing to new frontiers."

"Excellent inspiring event. Still on a high and motivated. Thank you."



There were four opportunities within the conference to attend practical masterclass sessions. The masterclasses were themed within six workstreams (shown below).








Day 1 12:10 - 13:00

  • How new knowledge, skills and resources makes responding to alcohol-related harm in patients achievable

    Speakers :

    Dr Aisha Holloway, CNO Clinical Academic Research Fellow

    Geoffrey Walker, Matron for Medicine/Specialist Medicine/Emergency and Ambulatory Care, Poole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Joanne McPeake, Honoury Lecturer, University of Glasgow


    • Context setting in the form of clinical practice, the latest research evidence and health policy
    • Interactive learning, with take home skills for personal professional development and wider dissemination to your workforce
    • Opportunity for debate and discussion with the chance to join a national network of nurses for ongoing professional and clinical support in this area
  • Should we focus on preparing endless strategies or develop new ways of behaving?

    Speaker :

    Siobhan Clarke, Managing Director, Your Healthcare CIC


    • There is a growing body of evidence that points to the importance of organisational models which allow staff to have freedom to act at the point of care delivery. This freedom to act must extend to include mobilising resources and finding solutions across traditional care boundaries to meet people’s needs
    • What would happen if we turned the traditional hierarchical approach often found in an organisation on its head? How do you deal with risk?
    • What happens to the metrics when you take this approach (staff turnover, absenteeism rates, financial position, inspection results…)?
  • Innovation in Nursing: the story of Neo-slip®

    Speakers :

    Neomi Bennett, Founder and CEO, Neo-Slip

    Dr Nicola Thomas, Associate Professor in Kidney Care, Neo-Slip


    • The Story of a nurse who saw a potential problem that needed addressing and her vision to create an innovative anti-embolism stocking aid called Neo-slip. How she developed this from the drawing board into practice; and the challenges and issues in-between.
    • A discussion of the drivers and barriers to a quality improvement project to introduce Neo-slip® in practice (project funded by FNF)
    • Debate with delegates how they can encourage and drive innovation in nursing
  • Studying at doctoral level: what to expect, what’s in it for you and your patients?

    Speakers :

    Dr April Brown, Deputy Clinical Quality Director, Midlands & East, NHS Trust Development Authority

    Jacqueline McKenna, Deputy Director of Nursing, NHS Trust Development Authority


    • This masterclass is being delivered by two nurses who have recently completed doctoral study whilst working full time.  The session will help to demystify doctoral study and encourage those who are studying at masters level to continue at  a higher level. The masterclass will provide an opportunity to ask questions beyond what any book would provide delivered by Jacqueline and April who have lived through doctoral study and survived!  The session should spark the interest of those who are on the cusp of deciding whether to engage in further study and clarify the necessary challenge to advance nursing and midwifery practice, understanding and contribution. An energetic and informative session.
    • Reasons to do a PhD/doctorate, why bother? Reasons not to do a PhD/doctorate. Masters to doctorate – what’s the difference?
    •  Time management, Funding sources, Next steps
  • How the Troubled Families programme is improving life chances

    Speaker :

    Emma Scowcroft, Policy Manager, Troubled families programme DCLG


    • An overview of the Troubled Families Programme, which aims to support up to 400,000 families with multiple, complex problems between 2015 - 2020
    • How the programme can support better life chances
    • A discussion on how health professionals can benefit from and contribute to the programme
  • Living Our Values : A Holistic Person Centred Approach in the Community

    Speaker :

    Helen Calveley, Wirral Community Trust

Day 1 14:40 - 15:30

#FNF16 Live Chats

#FNF16 Video Masterclass with Claire Gibbs

The Importance of Social Media: Basics of Twitter and #whywedoresearch

#FNF16 Video Masterclass with Joan Pons Laplana

The Power of Twitter: the benefits of social media and what you can get out of it

Poster Competition

Following the success of the Project poster displays submitted for the previous events, we ran the competition for a sixth year. Entries were invited from clinical healthcare professionals which had projects related to workstream themes that they would like to share with the other delegates at the conference. The posters were judged by a small panel of supporting partners, and the winner was announced at the Gala Dinner. Please find below the digital posters submitted this year which were shortlisted.

Kindly supported by


Revisiting the promotion of physical activity in young women to manage blood pressure and future cardiovascular risk

Karen Miles

2016 Poster Competition Shortlist

Click here to find the 2016 poster competition shortlist.


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