A MAJOR conference for nurse leaders who are responsible for the nursing care of children and young people from all over the UK will be held in Jersey later this week.
The two-day long conference, (4 and 5 September) for the UK Association of Chief Children’s Nurses (ACCN) is being hosted by the Health and Social Services Department and aims to give nurses involved in looking after children an opportunity to hear and share about the latest developments in practice within their profession.
The Association of Chief Children’s Nurses is a group of senior nurses representing services for children and young people in the UK. The ACCN aims to:
• influence child health policy, strategy and nursing
• lobby to raise the profile of health and welfare of children
• provide a response to proposed government information, professional and inter-agency issues
• provide professional child nursing advice for all those involved in the care of children
• work with / advise professional bodies, for example, NMC, Council of Deans and others
Around 100 delegates are expected to attend, including nurses and midwives who look after children in Jersey from community and hospital services including Jersey’s Chief Nurse, Rose Naylor.
The conference, which will be opened by Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Anne Pryke, has been organised locally by Ann Kelly, Lead Nurse for Children for Health and Social Services.
Over the two days, topics covered in 51 different group sessions and poster displays will include:
• improving adolescent care in hospital
• hospital care for disabled children and young people
• moving from child to adult health care
• service improvement in paediatric emergency care
• children’s hospice care
• cancer related pain and pain management
• management of self-harm in young people presenting in hospital
• communicating with and supporting Parents
• child abuse and protection
Ann said: “The ACCN conference is an important one, with delegates made up of committed senior Paediatric nurses and academics who are passionate about advancing the nursing care of children and young people. Nursing is a highly skilled and unique career, and nursing children and young people presents fantastic opportunities across a range of specialities. This conference provides a glimpse of how diverse paediatric nursing is.”
“There are some very interesting topics to be discussed over the two days, and we will all leave with an even better understanding of how we can improve the care of children and young people wherever we work.”