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Supporting Nurses & Midwives in Difficulty: Improving Wellbeing and Mental Health in Nursing & Midwifery

Wednesday 5 Oct 2022


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Nursing and Midwifery in the NHS is under pressure, according to a January 2022 RCN survey more than half of nursing staff are either considering or planning to quit their job following the "toll of the pandemic. When difficulties or concerns arise it is essential that nurses and midwives are supported in a positive way. This conference focuses on improving mental health and wellbeing in nursing and midwifery, and supporting nurses and midwives experiencing difficulty or concerns at work. Through national updates, lived experience and case studies the conference will provide you with practical advice to enable you to better support nurses and improve retention. The conference will highlight developments in improving mental health and wellbeing, psychological safety and compassionate leadership. Case studies will focus on supporting nurses through physical and mental health concerns, complaints, performance concerns, stress and fitness to practice. The conference will support you to improve processes and practice with regard to supporting nurses and the practicalities of managing concerns in a supportive way. Through national developments, learning from lived experience of nurses who have experienced concerns and mental health issues, and case studies from experienced Directors of Nursing at NHS Trusts on how to effectively support nurses and midwives in difficulty and improve wellbeing.

“A total of 27,133 professionals left the NMC register in 2021–2022. That’s 13 percent more than the year before, and starts to reverse a downward trend in leavers over the recent years. We asked people why they left. Many said their main reasons included too much pressure, and poor workplace culture. And more than a third of respondents said the Covid-19 pandemic influenced their decision to leave. Some of those said they were worried about their health, while others struggled with increased workloads and a lack of staff.”

Nursing and Midwifery Council 18th May 2022

“In the interests of safe patient care, ministers across the UK must act decisively to retain today’s experienced nurses and inspire tomorrow’s.”

Royal College of Nursing, May 2022

“It is crucial that the NHS staff working tirelessly to protect the health of the nation throughout this pandemic are given the support they deserve.”

Claire Murdoch, NHS National Mental Health Director

This conference will enable you to:

  • Understand how you can better support nurses and midwives mental health and wellbeing
  • Network with colleagues who are working to support nurses in difficulty due to mental health concerns and stress, complaints & concerns, stress, or physical health issues
  • Improve staff retention and reduce sickness absence 
  • Reflect on national developments 
  • Learn from outstanding practice in supporting nurses in difficulty or experiencing concerns 
  • Support positive mental health in nursing: changing the culture
  • Develop your skills in compassionate leadership 
  • Improve practice to better support nurses from diverse backgrounds 
  • When concerns arise under fitness to practise understand what can be managed at a local level and what needs to go to the NMC
  • Explore contextual factors surrounding mistakes and concerns at each stage of decision-making process
  • Develop your skills in supporting nurses who have a physical or mental health issue including work related stress
  • Identify key strategies for tackling bullying in nursing and midwifery 
  • Develop your skills in investigating performance concerns or complaints in a supportive way whilst ensuring patient safety and adherence to disciplinary and legal aspects of any investigation
  • Understand how to embed insight and engagement through staff experience feedback
  • Self-assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Chair & Speakers Include:

Stephen Jones

Professional Lead for Mental Health
The Royal College of Nursing

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 Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS, Schools & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual Training



(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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