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Senior Charge Nurse/Midwife Forum 05 November 2019


92 Senior Charge Nurses and Midwives came together for an afternoon of networking, learning and discussion. The forum was again hosted in the Queen Elizabeth Teaching & Learning Centre. The outline programme can be viewed here.

Following a networking lunch, the afternoon was opened by Angela O'Neill, Deputy Nurse Director - Acute, who shared what matters to her and then facilitated discussion on the clinical leader's role in relation to the NHSGGC Healthcare Quality Strategy - The Pursuit of Healthcare Excellence (slides).

Margaret Connolly, Associate Chief Nurse for Excellence in Care, updated on progress with Care Assurance (slides) and Laura Nixon, Patient Experience and Public Involvement Manager, followed with a useful presentation of how Care Opinion can support the clinical leader's role in responding to feedback and enacting improvement as a result. Stephen Hepburn, SCN in RAH ED, shared his experiences of using Care Opinion (slides).

The Future Nurse and Midwife Programme has been gathering pace nationally and Elaine Traynor, Practice Education Facilitator, presented an overview focusing on the new Standards of proficiency for registered nurses and the Standards for student supervision and assessment (slides).

Margaret Connolly summarised the progress towards NEWS2 implementation (slides) and the Senior Charge Nurses and Midwives were introduced to one of the early drafts of the revised chart - feedback to [email protected] was encouraged.

Alastair Kirk updated the forum that a Board-wide Person Centred Care Planning short life working group has been established to develop a small set of guiding principles and agree a format of care planning documents for GGC (slides). Any feedback or comments to [email protected].

Finally Board Nurse Director, Dr Margaret McGuire, hosted further questions and discussion on wide ranging topics relating to the role of the Senior Charge Nurse and Midwife.

All those in attendance were asked to evaluate their experience of the afternoon - see below.

Any suggestions for future forums should be sent to [email protected].

Feedback themes from clinical leaders who attended:

What went well during the afternoon .......

  • Dialogue firstly with the Deputy Nurse Director - Acute and then with the Nurse Director
  • The opportunity to see and feedback on the draft NEWS2 chart
  • Hearing about Future Nurse and the potential impact on clinical areas
  • Good mix of topics for discussion

The afternoon would have been even better if ......

  • More time or opportunity for discussion
  • More information on presentation topics in advance (pre-reading)
  • Separate additional forums for SCNMs in Acute Adults, Midwifery, Paediatrics
  • Isolated comments that travelling to a different site was troublesome
Last Updated: 26 November 2019