Care And Compassion Top Conference Agenda

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Care And Compassion Top Conference Agenda

Date posted: 28 May 2012

With dignity and care of patients at the top of the national health and social care agenda, a recent conference hosted by the University of Derby provided an opportunity for Derbyshire healthcare professionals to meet and discuss this topical issue.

Funded by the local Strategic Health Authority, the Care and Compassion Conference brought together more than 70 front line health care professionals from across the region, including nurses, radiographers and occupational therapists on May 24.

Paul Weller, Professor of Inter-Religious Relations at the University of Derby, opened the conference that was chaired by Steve Edgeley, Deputy Director of Nursing from Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Launched in response to the current health and social care policy directives, this important event featured keynote papers by Wilf McSherry, Professor in Dignity in Care of Older People, University of Staffordshire, and Professor Paul Gilbert who is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Derbyshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust and a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby.

Professor Gilbert is also Director of the Mental Health Research Unit in Derby, which is collaboration between the Trust and the University. Paul was awarded an OBE for services to mental healthcare and is a founder of the charity The Compassionate Mind Foundation, and author of 'The Compassionate Mind'.

The conference included presentations from the School of Health, University of Derby including Nursing, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy and Radiography, as well as discussion groups with service users and carers.

Professor Lorraine Ellis, Head of the University's School of Health, said: "On May 16 the NHS Confederation Chairman, Sir Keith Pearson, told the Royal College of Nursing's annual conference that universities and employers need to do more to make sure that staff have compassionate values needed to provide patient centred, dignified care.

"At the University of Derby we are committed to ensuring that our Nursing degree students graduate with these vital qualities, and we hosted the Care and Compassion Conference to give professionals the opportunity to talk about the issue and share best practice.

"We were delighted to welcome so many health professionals to the event, and we know that they will take what they discussed today back to their roles to make a direct impact on enhancing care to service users and patients."

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