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Belfast 2016 Programme

We are delighted to announce the 2016 programme for Nursing in Practice Belfast, which will be taking place on the 10th March at the Ramada Plaza in Belfast. New for this year, the programme features a range of expert speakers in their field, examples of evidence based practice to help you improve your patient outcomes and a fresh array of clinical seminars which are relevant to your role.

Do not miss this annual opportunity to reflect and discuss your practice with your colleagues, and prepare for revalidation by accruing your required hours for participatory learning and CPD.

8.45 – 9.20 Registration and networking
9.20 – 9.30 Chair’s opening remarks
Marilyn Eveleigh, Advisory, Nursing in Practice
Chair’s opening remarks
Ursula Gallagher, Deputy Inspector Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care and Nurse Lead, Care Quality Commission and Nursing in Practice Advisory Board
9.30 – 10.10

The importance of taking early control of type 2 diabetes 

  • The importance of preventing micro vascular complications.
  • Key considerations in treatment choices after metformin.
  • Individualising HbA1c treatment targets, what does NICE say?

Beverley Bostock, RGN, MSc, QN Nurse Practitioner & Education Lead, Education For Health

Supported by Janssen

Heart Failure, is there a cure?

  • The vicious cycle of heart failure.
  • What interventions and treatment options are available?
  • Assessing the key role that nurses have to make a difference in the quality of life of the patient.

Karen McCammon, Cardiovascular Disease Clinical Development Coordinator, British Heart Foundation

Supported by British Heart Foundation

10.15 – 10.55

Paediatric eczema in the community

  • Identifying diagnosis criteria of atopic eczema.
  • Pinpointing potential trigger and risk factors for flare ups of eczema.
  • Understanding the treatment options available to establish an effective treatment plan.
  • Recognising when to refer for specialist dermatological advice.

Emma Williams,  Eczema Specialist Nurse, South Wales

Expert discussion: Childhood immunisation programme updates – What does the introduction of the Meningitis B vaccine mean for you in practice?

  • Hear about the recently-introduced Meningitis B vaccine from key experts in the field.
  • Learn about the side-effects of the new vaccine and explore the new advice.
  • Join the discussion; ask our experts what these changes mean for you in practice.

Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Health Protection and Clinical Director, Public Health Intelligence, National Services Scotland, and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Public Health, University of Glasgow

Supported by Johnson & Johnson Ltd., makers of CALPOL®

10.55 – 11.30 Exhibition and networking
11.35 – 12.10

KEYNOTE: Female Genital Mutilation: The responsibilities of Nurse’s in NI

  • Develop awareness and understanding about the types of FGM.
  • Explore cultural factors.
  • Consider clinical complications.
  • Understand your role in safeguarding children at risk of FGM.

Una Turbitt,  Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing for Children & Young People, Public Health Agency

12.15 – 12.55

Discussing the menopause: Diagnosis and management by practice nurses

  • Identifying women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms.
  • Advising women of the range of treatment options available and explaining the benefit/risk of HRT.
  • Individualising treatment: When to discuss treatment options with the women taking into account her profile, prescribe appropriate treatment or refer her to a GP/suitable prescriber.

Philomena McFall, Menopause Nurse Specialist, Belfast Trust Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Clinic

Supported by Mylan

Gastroenterological disorders and your role in primary care

  • Outlining the symptoms and warning signs that may present in clinic.
  • Tailoring treatment plans and medications to the individual.
  • What support is available to the healthcare professional and patient?

Mary Kane, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nurse Specialist, Causeway Hospital

12.55 – 13.55 Exhibition, networking and lunch
13.55 – 14.35

Managing chronic conditions with technology

  • Overview of the RTNI project.
  • How is the service delivered?
  • Outlining the positive outcomes for patients and their carers.

Heather Bamford, Acting Lead Nurse Triage and Clinical Governance

W.O.U.N.D: A simple acronym to help practitioners assess and care for patients with wounds
  • Articulating the importance of history taking in determining the aetiology of wounds.
  • Discussing how local wound factors influence dressing choice.
  • Recognising when help and advice from other members of the multi-disciplinary team is necessary.

Jeannie Donnelly, Lead Nurse Tissue Viability, BHSCT        

14.35 – 15.00 Exhibition and networking
15.00 – 15.40

Sexual health: What patients need to know

  • Top tips for talking about embarrassing topics.
  • Reviewing the latest guidance and advice for managing sexual health conditions.
  • Outlining the resources and information available to patients and practitioners.

Claire Galloway, Clinical Lead Nurse for Sexual Health, Northern Health and Social Care Trust

15.40 –16.20 What does the new revalidation process mean for you?
  • Supporting the Code through revalidation.
  • Understanding the requirements and implications on your practice.
  • How can you prepare to make the transition process as smooth as possible.

Frances Cannon, Senior Professional Officer (Education), NIPEC

16.25 Close of conference

*We would like to thank our exhibitors for supporting this meeting. Unless stated in the programme, they have had no input into the agenda, speaker selection or content.

**GSK have not influenced the agenda on this programme.