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Developing your skills as an Effective Ward Manager

Training dates throughout the year:

Tue, 14 May 2024
Virtual, Online
Virtual, Online
Wed, 14 Aug 2024
Virtual, Online
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 include a look at the challenges and issues as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic for Ward Managers.

“The duties of a ward manager:  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… Respondents repeatedly referenced the leadership dimension of the role and how this is of importance: for staff and for patients and their families. One respondent discussed how, during the Covid pandemic, staff and patients faced new emotional challenges. The ward manager role was vital to provide leadership, enabling these challenges to be successfully met… Respondents repeatedly mentioned how central the role is to high-quality patient care… One of the key roles of a ward manager is to monitor ward and staff performance, and to ensure patient care is of a high standard.” 

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

The conference will focus on critical areas for effective Ward Management including an extended interactive session focusing on leading and driving improvement on your ward, developing ward accreditation for quality and exemplar wards, supporting Nurses in Difficulty and managing performance concerns – updating you on the new NMC fitness to practise procedures, understanding how ward rounds can be used to improve both staff wellbeing and patient care, supporting vulnerable patients on your ward and reflecting on the day to day life of a Ward Manager including tips for aspiring Ward Managers. 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

  • Examine the Ward Managers role during Covid-19

  • 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

Speakers include:

Mrs Wendy Preston

Head of Nursing Practice
Royal College of Nursing

Ms Sam Foster

Executive Director of Professional Practice
Nursing & Midwifery Council

Liam Button

Charge Nurse/Ward Manager
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Ali Richards

Senior Lecturer
University of Cumbria

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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