Celebrating clinical excellence

Colten Care Clinical Excellence Day at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. Operations Director Elaine Farrer (left) with Clinical Managers Lisa Barnes-Metcalf and Lindsay Rees (right) with guest speakers Diabetes Specialist Nurse Jan Mitchell (third from right) and West Hampshire CCG Nurse Facilitators (left to right) Susan Richardson, Nicki Rogers and Maria Garrett-Marley.

More than 70 of our nurses, plus senior operations managers, focused on clinical leadership and best practice at our Clinical Excellence conference in Bournemouth.

The aim was to celebrate and consolidate skills and learning through an interactive, hands-on day of presentations and workshops.

Clinical Manager Lindsay Rees said: “Days like this demonstrate that care home nursing requires continual investment in skills to underpin sound clinical judgements.

“Care home nurses have to manage the challenges presented by frailty in older age and a wide range of age-related conditions, usually when there is no doctor immediately available. It’s a high-pressure, responsible job requiring top-notch professional skills.”

Among the external speakers was Dr Michele Board, Principal Academic in Nursing and Older People at Bournemouth University.

She said: “The fact is we have an ageing population which can lead to an increasing demand for care home beds. It was good to see a care home group keen to develop their staff and involve external organisations. There was a real buzz at the conference and people were clearly engaged with the subject.”

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