Torbay and South Devon Clinical School Annual Conference

Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England, Mark Radford opened the 2019 Torbay and South Devon Clinical School Annual Conference via video link that welcomed over 100 nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and social workers.

“An enjoyable day with lots of information which has given me some motivation to still pursue research and applying for a doctorate place next year” Conference attendee

Organised by Torbay and South Devon Clinical School leads, Professor Mary Hickson and Dr Susie Pearce, the conference featured guest speaker slots from Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Chief Nurse, Jane Viner. Jane provided an overview of the national landscape for health workers and the way forward for delivering care, and Natasha Goswell, Systems Director for Nursing and Professional Practice discussed the Trust’s professional practice strategy.

“It was great to see nursing being promoted as leading and engaging in research – always previously seen so much as a medical preserve.”

Research Fellow Kathryn Bamforth and Harriet Hughes shared their experiences of being the first recipients of the Torbay Medical Research Fund fellowship scheme that supports doctoral work for clinical staff within the Trust. Kathryn’s PhD will explore how staff wellbeing translates into care given to patients, whilst Harriet is preparing her doctoral application on support for children with cerebral palsy.

“What was most of value was the opportunity to meet like-minded clinicians and explore the opportunities for developing a career in clinical academic research”

Also included were Orthopaedic Surgical Care Practitioner Sarah Tomlinson and Clair Symonds and Associate Director of Professional Practice, Rhoda Allison who discussed their roles and service developments on the Trust’s care of older people wards respectively.

Richard Collings, Team Lead Podiatrist, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR Clinical Doctorate Fellowship Researcher - winner of the Excellence in Leadership Award.

Poster and Oral Presentation Awards

Best Oral Presentation: Megan Clemence – Debrief after critical, clinical events: a scoping review

Best Poster: Lisa Pullen – The experiences of consultant paediatricians involved in end-of-life care for children with a palliative diagnosis

The Excellence in Practice Award: Sarah Tomlinson and Claire Symonds, Orthopaedic Surgical Care Practitioners

Excellence in Research Award: Cardiology Research Team

Excellence in Leadership Award: Richard Collings

Torbay and South Devon Clinical School Annual Conference 2019

  • Torbay and South Devon Clinical School Annual Conference 2019

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    Harriet Hughes, recipient of the Torbay Medical Research Fund fellowship scheme

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    Sarah Tomlinson and Claire Symonds, Orthopaedic Surgical Care Practitioners and winners of The Excellence in Practice Award

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  • Torbay and South Devon Clinical School Annual Conference 2019

South West Clinical Schools

The South West Clinical Schools are a collaboration between the University of Plymouth and the NHS, working with nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals at all stages of their clinical and academic development.

Our work with local health services has identified the urgent need to capture improvements in patient and family outcomes, as well as ensure that existing evidence is used to best develop the research led by non-medical health professionals. To meet these needs, we have invested in clinical schools, which are professorial-led centres, in five of our local NHS trusts. The main focus for the clinical schools is to encourage health professionals to look at their practice, challenge current thinking, try out new ideas and work out ways to measure what they're doing.

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