Nursing in our communities: the connections and the changes

Nursing in our communities: the connections and the changes

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Join us to debate how nursing in communities across Scotland need to change to meet the growing and changing needs of people and families.

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This years RCN Scotland public debate looks at how does nursing in communities across Scotland need to change to meet the growing and changing needs of people and families? How can we encourage development of a meaningful collaboration between people needing care, health professionals and families? And can we unlock the barriers to preventative approaches to help people stay as well as possible? Join us at this special virtual event for discussion and debate on the present and future of nursing in the community and collaboration between individuals, organisations and health professionals in building connected, compassionate communities.

Meet out panel:

Welcome from Martha Gill - RCN Professional Nursing Committee Member for Scotland and Community Nurse in NHS Orkney

  • Martha is a Community Island Nurse from Orkney. She has worked in various roles in primary health care both here and in Australia. She was elected as Scotland representative on the Professional Nursing Committee in December last year and is a keen advocate for the vital importance of the role nurses play in communities.’

Our chair for the debate - Jess Davidson RN, RNMH, NMP, DipHE, BN, PGCert ASET, PG Dip, QN, FRCN - Clinical Lead Nurse for Justice, MAT Standards Implementation Support Team, (MIST) Scottish Government, and Programme Lead and Lecturer, Advanced Forensic Practice MSc, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Jess has a keen interest and track record of improving equity of access to quality healthcare in justice settings in particular police custody and forensic examination services. Addressing health inequalities is central to Jess's work as is person centred and trauma informed care. She is a Queen's Nurse and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

Professor Julie Green RN PhD FQNI FRCN - Head of School, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University – presenting on 'DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY NURSING – WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?'

  • Professor Julie Green is an experienced nurse and educationalist with over 30 years of experience. Julie is a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute, a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Steering Group and previous Chair of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) District and Community Nursing Forum, previously an elected member of the RCN Professional Nursing Committee, a Deputy Chief Nurse for the Birmingham Diocese Nursing Team supporting the Lourdes Pilgrimage, an Associate Non-Executive Director for Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust and a member of the Association of District Nurse Educators.

Alison Bunce - Programme Lead for Compassionate Inverclyde, a service provided by Ardgowan Hospice – presenting on 'Developing a compassionate community'

  • Alison started work in Ardgowan Hospice when it originally opened in December 1989 as a staff nurse on night duty. Since that time Alison has worked in all aspects of Palliative Care including IPU, Day Hospice, Community and Acute services. Alison is educated to master’s level and has many years of experience working in senior leadership roles and currently leads Compassionate Inverclyde. Compassionate Inverclyde is an award-winning social movement which aims to empower members of the community to recognise that we all have a responsibility to help each other. A catalyst which has helped ordinary people help ordinary people in times of crisis. Alison recently graduated as a Queen’s Nurse and is a Florence Nightingale Scholar.

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