Wednesday, March 11, 2009

RCN conference - Moving technology into practice

Today I've had a "Day in the Bay" - the subtitle of the Royal College of Nursing's Conference "Moving technology into practice" - and the bay in question was Cardiff Bay as the conference was at the Wales Millenium Centre - an impressive venue I'd not visited before.

The day was opened by Tina Donnell the Director of RCN Wales. She dealt with housekeeping issues and then described her impressions and experiences with ehealth - particularly related to the use of telecare functions will serving with the territorial army. She focused the audience on developments in Wales particularly the work of Informing Healthcare and the growing emphasis on nurse involvement in these developments at all levels. Identified timelines for development and the need for technology to support the "management imperatives" were stressed, and on a wider, UK, basis ehealth has been adopted as one of 7 professional priorities identified in the RCNs 2008-09 strategy.

Dame June Clark then took the podium to introduce the first keynote speaker Norma M. Lang from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, who took for the title of her presentation "From patient data to nursing knowledge for nursing practice. She described she and her colleagues/team have been doing in the US in identifying from a range of strategic documents key practice standards or phenomena of concern for nurses and nursing and identifying the process for developing and embedding actionable nursing knowledge within clinical information systems. She set these out as her vision for the future.

After a good networking opportunity over a cop of coffee the next speaker was David Baker from the Association of Nursing Students who presented the results of a survey of student preparedness for ehealth and the Oct 2008 workshop held to discuss these and develop an action plan for the RCN as reported on this blog as: RCN workshop - getting eHealth into pre-reg education. The survey results and workshop report are now available online. The lack of students passwords for clinical systems which encourage the sharing of passwords caused most discussion in the subsequent question and answer session.

A second David followed - this time David Lloyd from Bangor university, who described the welsh context for ehealth developments and highlighted a range of issues about the sharing of patient records, particularly patients who may receive treatment in both England and Wales where different electronic records systems are being deployed which may not be able to share data. He then went on to set out the principles of the Model of Nursing Information first set out by Rodney Hughes and explored the concepts of maximum and minimum nursing data sets. Some of the important issues for consideration which are raised by these approaches were then explored. Pauline Tang from Cardiff University then picked up the threads and explored some of their significance for education and practice.

The final keynote was by Peter Carter the Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN. He emphasised the importance of developing quality measures relating to nursing, collecting the information to analyse them and then using them to improve patient care. There was a close similarity between the indicators he identified and those discussed previously which are being used in the US and were described in Norma Lang's presentation. He argued, as had many in the audience that senior level nursing input was vital and was proud of being instrumental in getting a nursing director into Connecting for Health and discussed the implications of the impending arrival of the Care Quality Commission replacing the previously separate regulators for health and social care. He used a humorous story to illustrate the importance of practitioners rather than "techies" being the ones to specify, refine and implement clinical systems.

The formal conference was closed by June Clark who tried to summarise the key messages from the day. Ehealth is not for the future nut is for now and that we (nurses, nursing & the RCN) are not ready. She touched on the coming "nursing metrics" and the importance of nurses taking responsibility for using knowledge systems to underpin their decision making.

After the close of the formal conference delegates were invited to a reception in the Senedd, the home of the National Assembly for Wales, hosted by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas the presiding officer of the Assembly, who welcomed delegates in Welsh (translation provided) and highlighted recent developments in the Welsh NHS and the inclusion of nurses on important strategic bodies. Brief comments were also made by Peter Carter and June Clark who also presented Norma Lang with a Welsh Love Spoon.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

RCN advertising for an eHealth Nurse Adviser

The Royal College of Nursing is currently advertising for an eHealth Nurse Adviser.

The remit is to influence UK policy and practice now and in the future in the area of eHealth, and support and engage nursing staff in this agenda. Advising and representing them on eHealth issues, you will form collaborative eHealth partnerships, embed eHealth across the RCN, engage and support members with regards to eHealth including working with our Information in Nursing Group, and manage our eHealth web content. A background in and enthusiasm for eHealth to ensure that it plays a significant part in nursing care in the future is a must.

They are offering £45,336 p.a. pro rata (outside London), £48,336 p.a. pro rata (London based) inc. of Inner London Weighting, with the location negotiable/to be agreed. Applications need to be in by the 20th March.

The job or secondment is for up to 21 hours per week days to be agreed

Further information is available from or by contacting Jackie Cheeseborough [Jackie.Cheeseborough@RCN.ORG.UK] or tel +44 (0)20 7647 3616.

If I wasn't busy doing other things I might have considered applying.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

RCN workshop - getting eHealth into pre-reg education

Today I attended a workshop at the Royal College of Nursing to examine strategies aimed at including eHealth in the pre-registration curricula for student nurses in the UK. It was attended by a variety of key players in the field.

Dame June Clark, as the chair of the RCN Information Forum, opened the day with an overview of the work undertaken by the project so far and the objectives for the days workshop.

David Baker, from the RCN Association of Nursing Students, described the findings of an online survey of students which had explored how prepared they felt for aspects of eHealth. We have been asked not to share the results yet - they will be published later - but they did include a few surprises, perhaps due to the question wording or survey methodology.

Some questions and discussion from the audience included views from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This was followed by Bernice Baker who had led much of the work of the project who highlighted some of her conclusions from the survey and challenged the workshop participants to come up with actions to address outstanding issues during the rest of the day in group work.

A range of issues were identified in the groups which are relevant to increasing eHealth in the pre-registration nursing curriculum, and high level strategy to influence key players and organisations (including NMC, HPC, SHAs etc), many of whom were represented on the workshops, explored.

The 30ish points identified will be prioritised by the participants via email lists and a report written which highlights these within the RCN and externally to other bodies.

It will be interesting to be able to discuss the findings of the survey and workshop when they are published.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Conference - Moving technology into practice

The Royal College of Nursing is organising entitled "Moving technology into practice: A day on the Bay" to be held in Cardiff on Weds 11th March 2009.

The Keynote speaker will be Dr Norma Lang, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN, Aurora Distinguished Professor of Health Care, Quality and Informatics, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee College of Nursing; Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Norma is an internationally renowned expert in establishing methods to measure nursing quality and a pioneer in the field of quality assurance in nursing. Her nursing quality model has been adopted in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK. Dr Lang also led the development of ICNP, the ground-breaking international classification system that serves as a common tool to describe and compare nursing practice.

The day will be chaired by Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales and Professor Dame June Clark, DBE, FRCN, Professor Emeritus, Swansea University

The supporting sessions include:
* Getting e-health into pre-registration education
David Baker, Representative of the Association of Nursing Students
* Linking nursing clinical decision making with e-health
David Lloyd, Lecturer, Bangor University or Pauline Tang, Lecturer, Cardiff University (representing a group of nurse lecturers from North Wales)

The closing session will be by Dr Peter Carter, OBE, Chief Executive and General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing Reception

The conference will be followed by a reception hosted by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM.

Booking forms and further details are available from:
or email:

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Monday, September 29, 2008

RCN advertising for a E-Health Nurse Adviser

The Royal College of Nursing is currently advertising for an E-Health Nurse Adviser.

They are offering £48,336 per annum pro rata (Including London Weighting) for the Part-time, 21 hours per week post

This role is permanent but secondments for one year in the first instance will be also be considered Flexible UK base.

Leading this UK-wide specialty, you’ll influence and shape policy and practice in eHealth, one of the most exciting developments in nursing practice for many years. You will champion the benefits and opportunities presented by new technology, advising government on its impact and engaging nursing professionals with its possibilities.

This is a high-profile role for a qualified nurse that demands a sound practical understanding of information governance and the use of digital information and communications technology within nursing practice and its potential for improving service delivery and patient care. This is also very much a communicating and influencing role, for which excellent interpersonal skills are a must.

If I hadn't already got a full time + post myself I would be applying for it - but if you are interested take a look at: and get your application in by the closing date of 16th October 2008.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

RCN vacancy for e-Health Nurse Adviser

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has today advertised for an e-Health Nurse Adviser.

The advert says "This is an opportunity to influence policy and practice in the area of e- Health and to support and engage nursing staff in it. You will participate in UK government and international initiatives and build the RCN’s profile in relation to e-Health issues."

Further details & application form can be obtained by putting in the reference number: NU0210/0508 at

I will be interested to see who is appointed to this role and whether this changes the RCNs position or actions on e-Health.

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