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Belfast Programme

Nursing in Practice Belfast 2019 took place at the Crowne Plaza Belfast on the 27th February.

Registration is now FULLY BOOKED. To reserve a place at the 2020 event on 26th February 2020, please email


08:40 – 09:20 Registration and exhibition
09:20 – 09:30

Chair’s opening remarks


Marilyn Eveleigh, Independent Nurse Consultant and Advisory Board Member, Nursing in Practice

Nicki Patterson, Director of Nursing, Older People and Primary Care, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust @nickipatters
09:30 – 10:10

Evolving developments in the treatment of COPD

Dr Vincent McGovern

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Managing Type 2 diabetes across the divide

  • Risk stratified approaches to diabetes care
  • NI Diabetes Network update
  • Overview of Type 2 treatments and care pathways

Lesley Hamilton, Diabetes Network Manager, Western Trust @Lesleydmwest

10:15 – 10:55

Managing eating disorders in primary care

  • Identifying and understanding eating disorders.
  • Supporting individuals with eating disorders.
  • Guidance on management.

Edel Gilchrist, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Team Lead, Eating Disorders Youth Service, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust  @edel_gilchrist
Andrea Craig, Acting Ward Sister, Beechcroft Treatment Ward, Regional Inpatient Unit for Northern Ireland  @amcraig75

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

  • AMR in Northern Ireland – current epidemiology and Public Health Agency (PHA) Improvement work.
  • The role of the nurse in AMR.
  • Public Health Agency response to AMR.

Caroline McGeary, Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse, Public Health Agency @carolinemcgeary


10:55 – 11:25

Exhibition, networking and refreshments

11:25 –12:05

Vaccination uptake: navigating the challenges

  • Build confidence in assessing if individuals need vaccination based on their risk
  • Hear about examples from clinical practice on how to help improve vaccine confidence in patients

Becky Swadling, Travel Health Specialist Nurse
Sandra Grieve, Travel Health Specialist Nurse

This non-promotional symposium has been organised and funded by Sanofi Pasteur.

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A guide to dermatology in primary care

  • What are the most common presentations of skin problems?
  • Assessing disease severity and suitable treatment.
  • Impact on functional, psychological and social well-being.

Iona McCormack, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

12:10 – 12:50

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.

Charlie Ataliotis, Heart Failure Nurse Specialist, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust  @chataliotis

Effective management of arthritis

  • Recognising the different types of arthritis.
  • Overview of management including medication, MDT input and self-management.
  • Advice regarding flare up of symptoms and when to contact Rheumatology department.
  • Exploring the red flags around arthritis.

Elaine Wylie, Rheumatology Nurse Specialist, Craigavon Area Hospital, Southern Health and Social Care Trust

12:50 –  13:50

Exhibition and lunch

13:50– 14:35

KEYNOTE:  Dementia – How we can all make a difference 

  • Person centered care.
  • The lived experience of the individual with dementia.
  • Education and support for carers, staff and service users.

Tommy Whitelaw, UK Project Lead, Dementia Carer Voices
@DementiaCarerVo @tommyNtour

14:35 – 15:05

Exhibition and networking

15:05 – 15:45

Best practice management of chronic wounds

  • Choosing the correct treatment course for optimum patient outcomes.
  • Identifying and treating cause of wounds.
  • Holistic assessment and individualised care.

Jayne Carson, Tissue Viability Nurse Lead, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust @jaynecarson14


KEYNOTE: The legacy of nursing through the Troubles

  • Demonstrate the long term impact on nurses who cared for the casualties of “the Troubles”.
  • How this knowledge is transferable and relevant to nursing practice today.

Margaret Graham, Retired Senior Nurse Manager (Community)
Margaret Kerr, Retired Senior Nurse Manager (Acute)

16:30 Close of conference

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**We would like to thank our exhibitors, sponsors and partners for supporting this meeting. This includes a number of pharmaceutical companies; including Chiesi Ltd, GSK, MSD, Pfizer Ltd and Sanofi Pasteur. These companies have only had input into their individual sessions on the programme where clearly labelled.