Hospital trust set to showcase range of nursing expertise

Members of the public will have the chance to find out about the range of nursing expertise provided at Southampton’s university hospitals at an event on Monday (10 July).

It forms part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust's programme of activities for members, which gives people who register the opportunity to meet staff and hear about developments and progress across the organisation.

Speakers will include Juliet Pearce, deputy director of nursing for quality, Sara Rees, paediatric infectious diseases clinical nurse specialist, and Steve Hicks, matron in medicine for older people.

Ms Pearce, who is approaching 30 years in nursing, will discuss the contribution of the 3,000 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants at UHS and how the nursing role has expanded to include wider responsibilities and skills.

She will also highlight some of the innovative programmes in place to increase recruitment to tackle the national shortage of nurses, such as return to practice schemes, an in-house apprenticeship programme and overseas projects in Europe and the Philippines.

The trust has also taken a lead in the progression of research nursing, working alongside the University of Southampton to develop clinical researchers in nursing and allied health professions.

As part of the paediatric infectious diseases team at Southampton Children’s Hospital, Ms Rees has been involved with the development of a pioneering scheme – outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) – which enables children with complex infections to be treated at home.

Mr Hicks will focus on the wide and growing range of specialist services provided for older people, with consultant and nursing expertise in managing multiple conditions, functional impairment and complex care needs in the most appropriate setting.

“We are really looking forward to giving everyone an insight into the work of nurses across our hospitals and the chance to find out about the extent of the nursing we provide – from paediatrics and specialist medicine, to research and elderly care,” said Ms Pearce.

“It is also an opportunity for us to not only celebrate the profession and its successes, but also to promote it to anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in nursing and highlight the variety it offers.”

This event will take place on Monday (10 July) from 6pm until 8pm in the Heartbeat Education Centre at Southampton General Hospital. It is open to all registered UHS members (staff and public) and their guests, who can reserve a place by emailing uhsmember@uhs.nhs.uk or calling 023 8120 4237.

Anyone interested in attending who is not currently a member can contact the membership team to register and reserve a place.

Posted on Friday 7 July 2017