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Belfast Programme

The programme for Nursing in Practice Belfast 2018 is in development. In the meantime, take a look the 2017 agenda below. If you are interested in taking part in any speaking opportunities, please email

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8.45 – 9.20 Registration and exhibition

Chair’s opening remarks

9.30 – 10.10

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: ‘Health and Wellbeing 2026 – Delivering Together’

  • The potential implications of the Minister’s Vision statement for nursing.
  • The links with the Primary Care Nursing Framework.
  • Opportunities for patients and nursing.

Mary Hinds, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Public Health Agency


Ursula Gallagher, Deputy Inspector Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care and Nurse Lead, Care Quality Commission, Advisory Board member, Nursing in Practice 

Heather Finlay, Nursing Officer, Department of Health
10.15 – 10.55

Achieving HbA1c targets is a challenge: How can SGLT2 inhibitors help you manage type 2 diabetes?

  • Current treatment options for patients.
  • Comparing SGLT2 inhibitors with sulphonylureas and DPP4 inhibitors.
  • Practical case studies.

Anna Strzelecka, Staff Grade in General and Endocrine Medicine, Antrim Area Hospital 

Supported by Janssen

‘Think sepsis’ in the community

  • Identifying the risk factors for sepsis.
  • ‘Think sepsis’ to promote early recognition and diagnosis.
  • Managing a person with suspected sepsis in the community.

Majella Doran, Senior Education Manager, Clinical Education Centre

Evelyn Walton, Nurse Education Consultant, Clinical Education Centre

10.55 – 11.30

Exhibition and networking

11.30 – 12.10

Impact of cholesterol management in the high risk CVD patient

  • Reducing CV risk in high risk patients – the time to act is now.
  • Focus on modifiable risk factors – in practice what options do you have?
  • Local strategies to treat high risk patients and evidence and rationale that support them. 

Michael Jackson, Specialist Pharmacist for Pulmonary Hypertension and Anticoagulation, Lead Pharmacist for Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Services, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Sponsored by MSD

What happens before and after treatment for prostate cancer? 

  • Outlining the treatments and potential side effects.
  • Monitoring patient progress and measuring PSA.
  • Benefits of specialist continence physiotherapy intervention.

Karen Parsons, Prostate Cancer UK Project Nurse, Northern Ireland Cancer Clinical Trials Centre, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Thamra Ayton, Clinical Team Lead Physiotherapist in Women’s and Men’s Health, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

12.15 –12.55

Women and girls with epilepsy: What do you need to consider?

  • Overview of epilepsy – diagnosis, seizure types and treatment.
  • Implications  for contraception and pregnancy.
  • Current epilepsy service within Northern Ireland.

Beth Irwin, Epilepsy Nurse/Midwife, UK Epilepsy and Pregnancy Register

Recognising and managing autism spectrum conditions in primary care

  • Understanding the role of the practice and community nurse in highlighting suspected ASD.
  • Supporting families to access appropriate resources.
  • Identifying other clinical and behavioural implication of ASD.

Shirelle Stewart, Director, National Autistic Society Northern Ireland

12.55 – 13.55  Exhibition, networking and lunch 
14.00 –  14.40

 Obesity: Is emotional eating the missing link?

  • Addressing the psychological barriers to weight loss.
  • The myths of weight loss motivation.
  • Practical how-to’s for time limited consultations.

Jen Nash, Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society, Editorial Board Member, Journal of Diabetes Nursing

14.40 – 15.05 Exhibition and networking
15.10 – 15.55

Understanding dementia: Supporting people with dementia and their carers

  • Diagnosis and treatments including Person Centred Care.
  • The lived experience of the individual with dementia.
  • Education and support for carers, staff and service users.

Siobhan Murphy, Nurse Education Consultant, Clinical Education Centre

16.00 Close of conference