Annual nursing conference showcases safe, high quality and compassionate care in nursing and care homes in Waltham Forest

Safe, high quality and compassionate care in nursing and care homes was the theme of this year’s nursing conference led by NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

Nearly 60 delegates attended the conference at the Waltham Forest Town Hall on 28 November 2016 including nurses, allied health professionals, students, care home managers and social care staff.

With the ‘Gold Standard’ (charter of 14 standards that patients should expect) already implemented in the borough by the CCG, this year, there was a primary focus on introducing ‘Keys to Care’, a set of 12 cards designed for care workers to act as an accessible, practical aide memoire to support and complement other training and development care workers receive.

Key note speakers included Patients Association’s Dr Jackie Morris, Vice President and Heather Eardley, Director of Development, along with The Relatives and Residents Association Chair, Judy Downey. 

Delegates took part in an engaging and interactive day to map out good practice.

They also explored:

  • Enhancing support to care homes
  • Reducing delays in hospital discharge
  • Optimising medicines for patients in care homes
  • What good care looks like and self-reflection on delivering good care.

Helen Davenport, Director of Nursing, Quality and Governance at NHS Waltham Forest CCG said: “We are delighted with all the positive feedback from this year’s nursing conference and pleased that delegates were able to network and identify better ways of working. 

Students from Leyton Sixth Form College told us that the conference gave them an in-depth insight into the healthcare provided in care homes and they look forward to exploring careers in health and social care. 

This year’s nursing conference was a big success and the CCG looks forward to building on the success of the day at our next conference in 2017.”

Annual Nursing Conference, November 2016