Remembering last conference: what it meant to go to last year's conference.
Article Type: Conference news
Subject: Public health (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Community health services (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Child welfare (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Registered nurses (Services)
Registered nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Children (Health aspects)
Children (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Children (Management)
Author: McCrum, Anita
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 10
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics; 360 Services information Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8000120 Public Health Care; 9005200 Health Programs-Total Govt; 9105200 Health Programs; 8043110 Nurses, Registered NAICS Code: 62 Health Care and Social Assistance; 923 Administration of Human Resource Programs; 92312 Administration of Public Health Programs; 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners SIC Code: 8399 Social services, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 209163253
Full Text: Last year, I was one of five people whose conference place was funded by Ten Alps Publishing. With this year's event almost upon us, I have been reflecting on what it meant to go to the 2008 conference and the impact it had on my work.

For me personally, the conference is a package that provides networking opportunities and a vast array of information sessions. All of these at last year's conference gave a lasting impression, some more meaningful than others. The plenary sessions were well planned in order to set the scene for the conference. It was stimulating to hear a constant message reaffirming the public health role that health What it meant to go to last year's conference visitors, school nurses and our colleagues have, and recognition of our contribution to reducing health inequalities for children and families.

The concurrent sessions are probably the most meaningful aspect of the conference for me, as it is always fantastic to hear about what innovations other health visitors are involved in and their passion for the work that they are doing. Last year's concurrent sessions were exceptionally outstanding. The theme 'Focus on Families' provided the opportunity for practitioners--not only health visitors but from wider children's services--to come together and demonstrate their shared commitment to addressing the needs of families and communities through practical examples of their work.

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As a professional lead for health visiting, the learning from attending the conference is immense. The wealth of knowledge and information gained has been particularly beneficial to progressing developments within practice, especially with regard to the modernisation agenda and partnership working within my own organisation.

Attending conference is not only the perfect opportunity to extend your professional knowledge, it also provides the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the UK in an informal and relaxed environment.

This year's conference is particularly pertinent, as it will focus on the key issues that affect community practitioners currently, particularly with regards to safeguarding children.

Anita McCrum

Lead nurse health visiting, Mount Vernon Hospital, NHS Barnsley
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