A summary of the #GreatMindsUW2016 Nursing & Midwifery conference at @worcester_uni

Yesterday I took a trip to Worcester University to attend and present my latest research at the #greatmindsUW2016 ‘Great Minds Don’t Think Alike’ nursing and midwifery conference at @worcester_uni.

Hearing ‘Re-energising Curiosity’ by Professor Tamar Thompson OBE, Visiting Professor University of Worcester speak, I was struck by the Institute for Health Improvement’s Triple Aim is a framework – an approach to optimising health system performance. This framework promotes the belief that new designs must be developed to simultaneously pursue three dimensions… “Triple Aim”:

  • Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction);
  • Improving the health of populations; and
  • Reducing the per capita cost of health care

I thought…I can easily fit an online intervention designed to support midwives in work-related psychological distress into this framework…right?IHI Triple aim

I guess I will just have to prove it first 🙂

Next I was privileged to hear my wonderful colleague…Diane Ménage (@Dianethemidwife ) Doctoral Research Student Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research, Coventry University talk about her vital work in Compassionate Midwifery: appreciating, supporting and sustaining compassion in practice. As I heard Diane speak about the importance of words, feelings and perspective in midwifery care, I was struck again by the importance of reflection in practice, taking time to step back and review…and of course be compassionate to one another. It is so clear that all midwives have the same vision for improved care and quality services. The room was definitely eager to follow Diane’s work (as am I!).

Diane Menage by Sally Pezaro

Next, I found myself enthralled by listening to Leadership in a changing landscape: the importance of values, culture and humanity by June Patel Care Director St Richard’s Hospice and Caring to care for people – working with senior acute nurses on a dementia leadership course run by the Association for Dementia Studies Christine Carter Senior Lecturer Mary Bruce Senior Lecturer Association of Dementia Studies, University of Worcester. Within both of these presentations, my focus gravitated towards the need to care for each other, before we are able to give good care to those using our health services. A recurrent theme…over and over…The best care just cannot happen without a healthy and cared for workforce.

Leadership in a changing landscape.jpg

Systems leadership

Next I was enthralled by Janet Davies – @janetRCN Nurse and Chief Executive & General Secretary of the . Again, we heard here how we all need to be change agents and make things happen.. We see a problem….we know the solutions. I just hope I can manage to remedy the well being of midwives and other healthcare professionals in distress!

Janet Davis#nursingcounts by sally pezaro

I was saddened to hear how poorly rewarded nursing is…I will be following the  hashtag from now on 🙂

Then it was my turn to share my research, and I am grateful to all that came to hear my presentation. It was great to be able to spark such a healthy and stimulating debate about the future of the online intervention I am looking to develop. I really felt that everyone in the room was really thinking and working through the moral and ethical dilemmas in making this project come to life. I would love to carry on this conversation, and I would welcome further comment and discussion as I too work through new obstacles and dilemmas in pursuit of changing health care for the better. Feel free to get in touch (we could have continued our debate for hours I am sure!) – Thank you 🙂

Sally Pezaro at #GreatMindsUW2016

Unfortunaltey, I was unable to hear my wonderful colleague ) speak, as she was scheduled to present her work at the same time time as myself. Please follow her work 

Hannah Matthews' work

Lastly I would like to thank my wonderful midwifery adviser, Dr. Elizabeth Bailey (@Liz8ailey ) for her great support to all of us yesterday at this great conference.

The thought that was left with me as I drove home…was..”Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results” 

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