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Belfast Programme

We are now pleased to release the agenda for Nursing in Practice Belfast 2019, your annual nursing event that will be taking place at the Crowne Plaza Belfast on the 27th February with a brand new programme of educational and insightful seminars.

You can earn up to 5 CPD hours from this event.

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


08:45 – 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

Caring for patients with COPD

Industry sponsorship in progress

Updates in treatments for individuals with type 2 diabetes

Industry sponsorship in progress

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
Alison Griffiths, 
Senior Health Protection Nurse (Lead Nurse), Public Health Agency


10:55 – 11:25

Exhibition, networking and refreshments

11:25 –12:05

Vaccinations: A 2019 update

Industry sponsorship in progress

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.

Industry sponsorship in progress

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


New NICE guidance on asthma

  • Updates on diagnosing: Spirometry, FeNO and reversibility testing.
  • Implications for nurses of the new guidelines.
  • Two guidelines suggesting different approaches: NICE vs BTS/SIGN.
16:30 Close of conference

*Please note, this information is correct at the current time. Cogora reserve the right to amend content without prior warning. 

**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, Orion Pharma, Pfizer Ltd and Sanofi Pasteur. These companies have only had input into their individual sessions on the programme where clearly labelled.