Care home nurses from across the South came together for a team conference focused on learning and the pursuit of clinical excellence.
More than 60 registered general and mental health nurses employed by family-owned Colten Care discussed topics they themselves had put forward for the agenda.
Clinical Manager Lindsay Rees, who led the event along with Lisa Barnes-Metcalf, said: “This was a chance to restate our commitment to invest in nursing despite the recruitment challenges facing the whole healthcare sector.
“It showed that we really do value the contribution that our nurses make and we understand the clinically challenging situations they deal with each day.
“Care homes are not some kind of ‘back water’ where you go to wind down to retirement.
“Rather, they are settings where you absolutely need your clinical wits about you.
“You will routinely be making sound clinical judgements in the absence of a doctor being immediately available.”
All 20 of the provider’s homes in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex were represented at the event, including its five dedicated dementia care settings.
The conference, at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, was designed to celebrate nursing and consolidate professional development and learning through presentations and clinical workshops.
Agenda topics requested by the nurses centred on an improved understanding of clinical governance, the importance of record keeping and medication administration.
Among the external speakers were representatives of the West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, while delegates had the chance to view trade stands from local and national care home suppliers.
Elaine Farrer, Colten Care’s Operations Director, said: “We will continue to stage team conferences on our good-to-greater journey in residents’ care. Days like this really set us apart from other care home providers in showing our commitment to nursing care through the delivery of clinical excellence.”
In a feedback survey, 99% of respondents said the conference had exceeded their expectations and 96% said the topics discussed were “interesting, helpful and relevant”.
On behalf of each nurse it employs, Colten Care pays both the annual registration fee required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and a subscription for free individual access to the Nursing Times online learning suite.