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Institute Autumn Symposium 2017

The Institute held its annual autumn symposium in November at Admiral’s House, University of Greenwich, Old Naval College. It was a highly successful event which focussed on the challenges and opportunities with the changes in the Nursing workforce.

A range of Institute partners attended and there were informative and thought provoking presentations from Alison Smith, Head of Workforce Transformation and Danielle Fullwood, Nurse Advisor, who spoke about the current landscape of the nursing workforce from the Health Education England, South London perspective. This followed a presentation from Dr Karen Cleaver (Director of the Institute) examining the current South London STP nursing workforce, changes in recruitment to nursing programmes post bursary, and implications for an intergenerational workforce.

There was a lively question and answer session with two of the Nurse Associate trainees, Nic Rivers and Ruth Fortune, who are being trained through the South East London Nurse Associate test site led by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. The attendees heard more personal experiences from Liz Nicholls a Nurse Practitioner and primary care tutor in Bexley who spoke engagingly about her varied and exciting journey through her nursing career which she began as an apprentice.

Peter Hasler spoke about a project the University has been running with Health Education England, Kent, Surrey and Sussex to support their nursing workforce plans and ascertain their readiness for apprenticeships. Peter gave a great overview of the adoption of new nursing roles across the country and the benefits of working in partnership.

The evening was rounded off by Hothan Esmael, Senior Programme Manager, Patient and Public Involvement Team at the National Institute of Health Research. Hothan gave an informative and compelling presentation about the benefits of involving the patients, carers and the public in research; at the NIHR they not only review research funding applications and sit on funding panels, but they are also collaborators and co-designers of events and specific projects which is something the Institute and our partners try to emulate.

Burdett Trust for Nursing Grant

Dr Karen Cleaver has recently been awarded a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing; the project ‘Retention of nurses in their later careers – a pilot study’ is a collaboration on behalf of the Institute’s stakeholders focussing on retaining experienced nurses near to retirement, seeking solutions for retention to avoid the loss of expertise from this cadre of experienced nurses.


We hold events each year to:

  • showcase best practice in Integrated Care
  • promote the work of the Institute
  • provide an educational forum for discussion and debate

If you are planning an event the Institute can support with:

  • facilitation
  • endorsement
  • research Support
  • writing

Throughout the year we offer support for writing for publications and hold bid writing workshops.

If you are interested in support for events, publications or bid writing please contact Annabel Beasley .