How can we better support nurses and midwives to flourish and thrive in their work? Join us at this free online event to discuss the changes needed to empower nurses and midwives to shape and provide the compassionate, high-quality care that they aspire to in a sustainable way – through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

The conversation will explore:

  • workplace stressors, work conditions and ways of working – including workload, shift patterns and supervision – that have an impact on nurse and midwife wellbeing, and how these can be positively transformed
  • organisational cultures and leadership styles – including those around diversity and inclusion, psychological safety and compassionate leadership at all levels – that need to be cultivated, and how progress can be achieved
  • lessons and examples of good practice from across the health and care system, from both before and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Get involved

Ahead of the event, send your question to the panel by visiting the Slido page here.

Please submit questions by Wednesday 18 November for the chance to have your question featured in the discussion.

Presenters

Richard Murray

Richard Murray

Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

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Richard was appointed as Chief Executive of The King's Fund in January 2019, after five years as the Director of Policy.

Before joining the Fund in January 2014, Richard was chief analyst at NHS England and previously held a number of roles at the Department of Health, including director of strategy, director of financial planning and chief economist.

Richard initially trained as an economist and spent five years in academia before joining the Department of Health as an economic adviser. Following this he spent four years as a health care specialist at McKinsey & Co before returning to the Department of Health.
Professor Michael West

Professor Michael West

Senior Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund, and Professor of Organisational Psychology, Lancaster University

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Michael West is Senior Visiting Fellow at The King’s Fund, and Professor of Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University. He has published 20 books and more than 200 research papers on teamwork, leadership and culture, particularly in healthcare. He led the Department of Health Policy Research Programme into cultures of quality and safety. He also led the NHS National Staff Survey development and implementation. He assisted in developing the national framework on improvement and leadership development in England (Developing People, Improving Care - 2016) and in Northern Ireland in developing the Collective Leadership Strategy for Health and Social Care (2017). He is supporting Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) to develop the national NHS leadership strategy in Wales. He co-chaired with Dame Denise Coia, the two-year inquiry on behalf of the UK General Medical Council into the mental health and well-being of doctors Caring for Doctors, Caring for Patients (2019). He led the review for The King’s Fund (commissioned by the RCN Foundation) into the mental health and well-being of nurses and midwives across the UK, The Courage of Compassion: Supporting Nurses and Midwives to Deliver High Quality Care (2020).
Professor Charlotte McArdle

Professor Charlotte McArdle

Chief Nursing Officer for Northern Ireland, Department of Health

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Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing officer (CNO) for Northern Ireland who, as the head of the Nursing and Midwifery professions, is responsible for the professional leadership, performance and development of the Professions in Northern Ireland which includes AHPs.

During the time that Charlotte has been in the role of Chief Nurse, she has led a number of policy initiatives which underpin professional practice such as: Person Centred Standards for Record Keeping Practice; Policy Imperative - Delivering Care: Nurse Staffing Levels in Northern Ireland. Supporting Q2020, Charlotte played a key role in the development of the Attributes Framework for Leadership in Quality Improvement and Safety. Charlotte also chairs the NI Key Performance Indicator Advisory Board for Nursing and Midwifery. The Office of the Chief Nurse leads on policy for patient experience and nutrition and for developing models of practice for Co-production in line with the Department of Health’s statutory responsibility for Personal and Public Involvement.

Charlotte is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University Faculty of Health Science. Charlotte has obtained a fellowship from Queens Nursing Institute and is a fellow of the faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.
Jessica Sainsbury

Jessica Sainsbury

Community Mental Health Nurse and Developing Educator in Practice, Solent NHS Trust

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Jess is a newly registered Adult and Mental Health Nurse based in the South East of England. While Jess was a nursing student she threw herself into extra-curricular opportunities including becoming Chair of the RCN Students Committee and establishing the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Student Nurse Council. Jess is passionate about raising the profile and value of contribution of the nursing profession, and is working in a split role between Older Persons Mental Health Community and Education. You can find her on Twitter @JessLSainsbury.
Professor Laura Serrant

Professor Laura Serrant

Head of Nursing and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Professor Laura Serrant (OBE PhD MA BA RGN PGCE Queens Nurse) is Head of Nursing and Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is a former member of INVOLVE with specialist expertise in enabling wider diversity in patients and public engagement with research. Laura’s research interests relate to community and public health, specifically health disparities and the needs of marginalised and ‘seldom heard’ communities. She has developed and published a theoretical framework for conducting research in this area of work ‘The Silences Framework’ (Serrant-Green 2010). Laura has an extensive experience in national and international health policy development with particular specialist input on racial and ethnic inequalities and cultural safety. It was her work in this area which led to her being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018 for services to Health Policy.
Wendy Leighton

Wendy Leighton

Project Manager - Regulated Professional Workforce, Skills for Care

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Wendy Leighton, RGN, BA Hons, BSc Hons SCPHN (Health Visitor), MA (Education) FHEA is a Registered Nurse and Health Visitor with over 30 years’ experience in health, social care and education. Wendy currently leads on nursing related projects in the national regulated professional workforce team at Skills for care, with project activity including - the role and responsibility of the nurse in social care, rapid response (Covid 19) project supporting returnees into the workforce, development of the nursing associate role and sustainability of pre-registration nursing placements in social care.

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