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Developing your skills as an Effective Ward Manager

Fri, 8 Nov 2024

Virtual, Online

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This conference will bring together current and aspiring Ward Managers to understand current issues and the national context, and to develop your skills as an effective Ward Manager. The conference will open with reflections on the characteristics and qualities required for the role, and understanding your role within quality and specifically meeting the CQC Quality Ratings at Ward level. The conference will support you to develop your skills in ward leadership as new or experienced Ward Managers.

“Nursing, midwifery and care staff leadership provides a strong vehicle to ensure that staff can create and deliver the changes that are needed on the ground.”

NHS England

“The role of the Ward Leader (Sister / Charge Nurse) is paramount in ensuring safe and effective, quality care to patients on their wards and departments. An effective ward leader is a clinical expert, a team manager and leader, and an educator of many. The role is recognised to be one of the most challenging yet rewarding positions to hold in the nursing profession. The strength and effectiveness of Clinical Leadership directly influences the quality of care that patients receive and the experience of staff in these environments.”

New Ward Leaders Handbook, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust November 2023

“Several interviewees described the role as “very complex”, and were keen to note that they would be “ultimately responsible” for “pulling the ward together” in order to “provide the highest quality of effective patient care”. One respondent compared the role to that of a ship’s captain, who may only be visible to everyone at particular times but who is always working away in the background to manage the crew and bring the team together effectively..Our findings demonstrate that many ward managers struggle with the level of work they deal with, despite almost 60% of survey respondents always or usually enjoying their role.”

Findings on the role and value of ward managers, RCN Wales, 2022

The conference will focus on critical areas for effective Ward Management and developing your role as a Ward Manager. The conference will include learning from experienced Ward Managers, an extended focus on developing ward leadership skills, supporting new ward managers, and your role in ward accreditation and ensuring quality care. The conference will also address difficult issues as a ward manager including managing performance concerns and nurses in difficulty, managing and understanding ward finances and budgets and ensuring safe care and staffing. The conference will give delegates a change to reflect on the day to day life of a Ward Manager including tips for aspiring Ward Managers or those new to the role. This event provides a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of other Ward Managers, Nurse Directors & National Experts to develop your skills as an effective Ward Manager.

This conference is suitable for current and aspiring Ward Managers/Ward Sisters/Charge Nurses and Senior Nurses.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with Ward Managers, Aspiring Ward Managers and those who support them

  • Learn from a lived experience of a Ward Manager

  • Improve your leadership skills and empower others to lead and drive improvement on your Ward

  • Understand the national context including the CQC role in Ward Inspection and National Nursing developments

  • Develop your skills as an Effective Ward Manager

  • Learn from experienced Ward Managers about how they handle difficult issues, manage workload and work life balance and improve methods

  • Understand the role of the Ward Manager in supporting Nurses in difficulty or experiencing performance concerns in line with the new NMC Fitness to Practise procedures

  • Learn from established practice in monitoring quality including development of exemplar wards and ward accreditation

  • Improve your understanding of ward budgets and finance

  • Improve quality and delivering compassionate leadership and culture on your ward 

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

100% of delegates attending the last conference believe it will have a positive impact on patient experience

100% of delegates attending the last conference would recommend it to a colleague 

Networking Group: Share your experiences and challenges as a Ward Manager/Sister, Charge Nurse or Senior Nurse and support each other by joining the Ward Manager Networking group

100% of delegates attending the last conference believe it will have a positive impact on patient experience

“Motivational and inspiring” “Informative, excellent speakers who are living what they are teaching.” “Well presented and a great choice of speakers” “Really interesting and emotive speakers” “Very interesting conference. Important tools to be an effective leader” “More motivated & confident to support the whole team and improve patient outcomes.” “I feel more confident in my role and have taken away a few tips that can be applied to my day to day role as a ward leader.”

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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