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Chief nurse to address nursing summit

02 March 2011

Jersey's chief nurse is to speak at a summit run by the Nursing Times this week in Berkshire.

Rose Naylor will speak about the challenges facing nursing outside England at the event, being held on Thursday and Friday, which is by invitation only. Health and Social Services Minister Deputy Anne Pryke will also attend the event.

Delegates at the 2-day long summit, which is sponsored by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) will be hosted by Nursing Times editor Jenni Middleton, and welcomed by the chief nursing officer of the Department of Health, Christine Beasley. On Friday, delegates will hear from the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, the chair of the Commons Health Select Committee.

Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, CEO of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, who visited Jersey earlier this week to meet nurses from across HSS and Family Nursing and Home Care, will also be at the meeting.

Rose Naylor is one of 3 delegates from different islands who will be speaking on the subject of 'Nurses Sans Frontieres: lessons learned and challenges faced from areas outside England.'

“Nurses are continually learning from each other, and England is not alone when it comes to change," said Miss Naylor. "The theme looks at what the nursing profession and nurse leaders can learn from other regions; what works, what doesn't and how nurses can work across borders for the benefit of the profession as a whole.”

Other speakers covering the same topic as Miss Naylor are Bev Critchlow, chief nurse from the Department of Health in the Isle of Man, and Dr Karen Norman, nursing director for the Gibraltar Health Authority.

Other topics to be covered at the summit are delivering patient care, developing nurses for the future through recruitment and training, nurses acting as leaders in protecting the nation's health and integrating nursing into the new GP-led commissioning architecture.

Miss Naylor said “It is a privilege to be invited to speak at the nursing summit, with so many key people from different organisations. It is a great opportunity to be able to let colleagues know about our staff in Jersey, how we work, and what we do to make nursing successful in the Island. I am looking forward to sharing ideas and meeting people from different jurisdictions to see what we can learn, and in turn, what they can learn from Jersey.”

Deputy Anne Pryke added “I am proud of all our nursing staff who work so hard in Jersey and look forward to speaking to others about all we do in the Island and hearing about some interesting ideas. Change affects all jurisdictions small and large, and I am pleased that Jersey will be represented by our chief nurse at this important event.”


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