International nursing conference explores equal access to healthcare

Friday 10 May 2013

The University of Salford is holding its second annual International Nurses’ Day Conference on Tuesday 14 May to bring together leaders and experts in the nursing profession.

The main theme of the day is equal access to healthcare for everyone – the founding principle of the National Health Service when it was established in 1948.

Speakers include the Deputy President of the Royal College of Nurses, Cecilia Anim, who is a clinical nurse in sexual and reproductive health at the Margaret Pyke Centre in London.  Cecilia specialises in family planning and will give a talk on equality of access to women’s sexual health services.

Jacky Edwards from South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust became the first Burns Nurse Consultant in the UK in 2010 and the Nursing Times Nurse of the Year in 2012. She set-up the Burns Outreach Service and will talk about how patients benefit from being offered all aspects of burns care in their own homes and at nurse-led clinics.

Colonel Kerry Trow is a qualified nurse is currently Commanding Officer of the Territorial Army’s 207 Manchester Field Hospital Volunteers. He will share his experiences of being deployed to military hospitals in Shaibah, Iraq and Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

Professor Lesley Baillie, Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair of Clinical Nursing Practice at London South Bank University and University College London Hospitals, will stress the importance of ensuring a dignified experience for patients being cared for by nurses.

Conference organiser Melanie Stephens said: “Last year was a great success with 150 nurses attending, but this year we are expecting around 200. It will be a privilege to discuss some of the most important issues in nursing with such distinguished and prominent members of the profession.”

Delegates will also have the opportunity to enjoy a drama production written and performed by Salford students. Waiting Around will portray the experiences of relatives and friends who are left waiting for hospital patients to recover from illness.

A raffle will raise money for the Salfordian Trust - a charity that provides holidays in Southport for Salfordians who are in need because of their age, poverty or disability.

The cost of a ticket is just £10, or £15 with lunch. Bookings can be made through the online shop or Julie Connett at or 0161 295 7012.

The event is sponsored by the Royal College of Nursing, Key Care & Support, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Kare Plus, the Army, the Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Mercy Ships, Sage, Learning Matters and George’s House Trust.

International Nurses’ Day Conference, 9.00am-5.00pm, 14 May, Mary Seacole Building, Frederick Road, Salford, M6 6PU.

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