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Effective Nurse Director National Summit: Speaker updates and News

This Summit aims to bring together current and aspiring Nurse Directors together to understand current issues and the national context, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas they are facing in practice.

Following National Update sessions the conference will include extended masterclasses focusing on developing your leadership skills and competence as a current or aspiring nurse director, leading quality improvement and managing patient concerns and improving patient experience. Throughout the day sessions will look at preparing for a role as a Nurse Director, learning from experienced nurse directors on how to manage the complexities of the role whilst remaining visible to staff and patients.

The conference will conclude with an extended masterclass on difficult issues for nurse directors such as sustaining work life balance, managing nurses in difficult or experiencing performance concerns, leading and motivating through difficult times such as CQC inspection, negative press or trust mergers, and changing the culture of the organization.

For current or aspiring Nurse Directors, this event provides a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of other Nurse Directors. Through national updates, practical case studies and extended sessions the conference will update you on essential issues to enable you to improve practice and leadership at a local level. 

Speaker updates and presentations

Developing your skills as a current or aspiring Nurse Director

Professor Dame Eileen Sills DBE Chief Nurse & Director of Patient Experience Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

  • the Nurse Directors role
  • responsibilities: strategic, directorate and individual
  • leadership qualities required for the role
  • accountability of Nurse Directors
  • tips for aspiring Nurse Directors
  • where next for current Nurse Directors?

Professor Dame Eileen Sills DBE Full Presentation Click Here

In her presentation Eileen Sills stated: 

"Being a Director of Nursing is not a right of passage, you need to think about if you want to be one"

"The role becomes part of your life and part of you"

"As a Director of Nursing you are responsible for the biggest workforce which provides 24 hour care"

"If you take an executive role your primary concern is to your patients and your staff"

"You have a responsibility to find the problem and more importantly find the solution"

"A key leadership quality is that you need to be approachable and connect with all staff"

"A key skill is that you have to like people"

"As a Director of Nursing you should never stop learning"

"Responsibility at this level is to carry the responsibility"

“It’s a great job”

Professor Dame Eileen Sills DBE presentation Abstract:

Dame Eileen Sills started the conference with an overview of the role of a Director of Nursing, the qualities and skills required. The session reflected on her own experiences, the emphasis being on the leadership qualities required and the need for courage and confidence. The session is aimed at giving insights into the scope and complexity of the role, whilst also ensuring the audience understand it’s a fabulous role.

Professor Dame Eileen Sills DBE Biography:

Dame Eileen Sills trained in Stockport and qualified as a registered nurse in 1983, she held a number of post registration positions within both general medicine and Accident & Emergency Medicine, before moving to London in 1985 where she took up her first senior position as a Sister in a busy A&E department at North Middlesex Hospital, followed by a short stint as a clinical tutor before taking up the post of Ward Sister in 1990.

The ward developed into one of the first funded Nursing Development Units. Having then taking a short break to have her first child, Dame Eileen Sills moved to UCLH as a senior nurse for A&E, followed by 4 years at the Royal Free Hospital, where she was a Divisional Nurse and Deputy general Manager. This led to her first Board appointment as Director of Nursing at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in 1999, moving on in 2001 to Whipps Cross Hospital as the Director of Nursing, becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2003 and following the departure of the CEO acted as Chief Executive before moving to Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 as their Chief Nurse. Within 6 months of her appointment Eileen took on the additional responsibilities of the Director of Clinical Services and in 2007 was appointed as Chief Nurse & Chief Operating Officer.  Due to the increasing complexity of the role 2012, the role split and Dame Eileen Sills’s portfolio has focussed on being the Chief Nurse and improving the patient experience, being made Deputy Chief Executive in 2016.

Dame Eileen Sills was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2003 New Years Honours list for services to nursing, and subsequently made a Dame in 2015. She holds two visiting professorships at King’s College London and London South bank Universities. She is the Chair of the Grant’s Committee for the Burdett Trust.  Eileen has a national reputation for strong, visible, clinical leadership, and her drive to take senior nurses back to the bedside has earned her a national reputation for her clinical Friday’s initiative.

Leading Quality Improvement

Professor Mark Radford Director of Nursing - Improvement NHS Improvement

  • my experience as a Nurse Director
  • developing the capacity and capability of the nursing workforce to improve the way services are delivered for patients
  • priority improvement areas: an update from NHS Improvement

Professor Mark Radford Full Presentation Click Here

In his presentation Mark stated: 

"At NHS Improvement we are here to help.  Going to see every single trust this year.  The front line is where it’s at, is all about support"

"Today is about inspiration for me, nurses have the talent to get stuff done"

"The patient and their family are the front of every decision you make"

"Data is extremely powerful to improve quality"

"As Director of Nursing your job is to find a talented team and put them round you to make you more talented"

"You haven’t got all the answers, your team can change your perspective"

"You have to be robust"

"We don’t say thank you enough, it goes a long way"

Professor Mark Radford Biography:

Mark Radford is Director of Nursing (Improvement) for NHS Improvement with a portfolio that covers workforce, quality improvement and Governance. 

Mark has worked in Perioperative, Emergency and Intensive care in the UK and Europe.  He was previously been a Chief Nurse of a University Teaching Hospital and Consultant Nurse in Emergency & Trauma care.  Mark is Professor of Nursing at Birmingham City and Coventry Universities, and has published research on staffing, advanced practice, perioperative and trauma care.

Future events of interest:

Hospital at Night Summit: Improving Out of Hours Care in Hospitals
Friday 9 June 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Developing the role of the Nursing Associate
Friday 9 June 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Patient Leadership Summit
Friday 7 July 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Effective Discharge Planning and Practice
Monday 10 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Ward Manager Summit: Developing your skills as an Effective Ward Manager
Friday 14 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Safe Staffing Summit: A Practical Guide to Safe and Effective Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix
Friday 14 July 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Clinical Audit for Improvement
Thursday 19 October 2017 
The Studio Conference Centre, Birmingham

Nurse Clinics 2017
Monday 20 November 2017 
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London


26 April 2017

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