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North East Programme

North East Programme*

We are now pleased to release the agenda for Nursing in Practice North East 2017, your annual nursing event that will be taking place at the Hardwick Hall Hotel in Durham on the 22nd June with a brand new programme of educational and insightful seminars.

Don’t miss your chance to attend – register today!

8.45 – 9.20 Registration and networking
9.20 – 9.30

Stream 1: Chair’s Opening remarks

Rhona Aikman, Practice Nurse, Gourock Medical Practice, Advisory Board Member, Nursing in Practice

Stream 2: Chair’s Opening remarks

Ann Fox, Director of Nursing, Quality and Safety, Sunderland CCG

9.30 – 10.10

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 DPP2 inhibitors.
  • Practical case studies.

Sam Lacey, Nurse Practitioner, Worsley Mesnes Health Centre

Supported by Janssen

Outlining the latest developments in the NHS breast screening programme

  • Identifying the eligible population.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of self-examination.
  • The screening service moving forward.

Erika Ridley, Health Promotion Officer, Breast Screening & Assessment, Royal Victoria Infirmary

10.15 – 10.55

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 the high risk patients and evidence and rationale that support them.

Professor Michael Norton, Community Cardiologist, Sunderland and South Tyneside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Sponsored by MSD

An update on the latest in travel immunisation

  • Why do a travel risk assessment?
  • Vaccines – what’s new?
  • Advising patients when there is no vaccine – malaria and the Zika virus.

Carolyn Driver, Independent Immunisation and Travel Health Specialist

10.55 – 11.30 Exhibition and networking

11.30 – 12.10

Delivering personalised care to end of life patients

  • Supporting patients with long term conditions in the community.
  • Communication about prognosis and treatment preferences.
  • Treating depression in seriously ill patients.

George Bell, Clinical Services Manager and Deputy Chief Executive, St Cuthbert’s Hospice

From hay fever to severe allergies: Managing common presentations of allergy in primary care

  • Recognising the signs and symptoms.
  • Food avoidance for the non-dietician.
  • Dealing with an episode of anaphylaxis.

Dr Helen Bourne, Consultant Immunologist, Royal Victoria Infirmary

12.15 – 12.55

Optimising quality of life for heart failure patients

  • Intervention and treatment options.
  • Understanding the impact of comorbidities.
  • Giving patients and carers the skills to self-monitor.

Judith Robson, Community Heart Failure Nurse Specialist, Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

Leonie Armstrong, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust

The biggest killer of men: Addressing the gender disparity in suicide

  • Psychological and personality factors,
  • Recognising possible triggers and signs of depression.
  • How can we explain the gender difference?

Dr Lucy Gardner, Speciality Registrar Psychiatry, North Durham Mental Health Liaison Team, University Hospital North Durham/ Lanchester Road Hospital 


12.55 – 13.55 Exhibition and lunch
13.55 – 14.35

Promoting best practice in asthma management

  • NICE recommendations vs. BTS guidelines – how do they compare?
  • The potential of new therapies.
  • Defining the target population for new treatments.

Susan Evison, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

14.35 –15.15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Effective interactions with brain injured patients:  Communicating with those affected by cognitive-communication and social skills disorders

  • How cognitive impairment impedes effective communication and comprehension.
  • Case studies and examples.
  • Advice for how to best interact with your patients in the community. 

Claire Balfour, Speech and language therapist, Communicating Confidence

15.15 – 15.40

Exhibition and networking

15.40 – 16.20

Understanding sepsis: What’s new and what’s different?

  • Understanding the care pathway including epidemiology and recognition.
  • Key points from the NCEPOD report, cross system action plan and NICE guideline.
  • Recommendations on action nurses should take in the community.

Jacqui Jones, Sepsis  Specialist Nurse, James Cook University Hospital, Chair, UK Sepsis Practitioner Forum

16.20 Close of conference

*AstraZeneca have supported this event through exhibition space, but have had no influence on the conference agenda.

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.

The programme is subject to change.