Workshop programme

Day One - 27 November 2018

Workshop area

Clinical/management career pathways

Chris will be talking with students about the wonderful opportunities that training to become a nurse within mental health care can offer including the tailored support that you can expect to build your confidence and competence as a qualified nurse to then move across specialities and develop as an advanced practioner in your chosen field.

Chris is a speaker at Nursing Careers & Jobs Fair
Chris Burford

Chris qualified as an adult and mental nurse in the late 1980’s and has worked in a range of specialist health care areas covering both senior nurse and general management roles in London and latterly the West Country.
Currently Chris is the deputy Director of nursing and practice working for a mental health NHS  provider in Devon, his focus is on quality and safety of services and has a keen interest in ensuring the person in receipt of services with their carer/ family and staff are all engaged from the beginning of their journey within services.
Chris is a qualified coach and utilises this approach in all areas of his work to ensure staff attain their optimal goals in a solution focussed approach.
Chris is also engaged with the Care Quality Commission as a specialist mental health advisor  as part of inspections of mental health providers across the country.

Deputy Director of Nursing & Practice, Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Workshop area

Mental health nursing in a forensic setting

•    Introduction and Kev’s Quiz! (True or False questions )
•    Working in Secure Hospitals (What is Secure?)
•    Deliberate Self Harm (What, why, how !)
•    Effects on staff
•    Questions and answer session

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Kevin Cawdron
Clinical team leader, Cygnet
Workshop area

Nursing in a specialist service

This talk incorporates 3 case studies which will include TIA pathway, non fast positive pathway (Haemorrhagic/wake up stroke and rehab, and fast postitive pathway (Thrombolysis & Thrombectomy)

Amy is a speaker at Nursing Careers & Jobs Fair
Amy Taylor

Amy has been qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse for 5 years and was not originally trained as a general nurse. Although she was trained in Learning Disabilities, she always wanted to work in the acute sector. Therefore since qualifying she has always worked in neurology, starting in the private sector working at a neuro hospital with patients who have had traumatic brain injuries. She then went onto work at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation unit which was very interesting and challenging. She wanted to develop her clinical skills and applied to North Bristol Trust. Being Learning Disability trained nurse did not hold her back in pursing her career.
She started on the stroke ward which she absolutely loved and realised her passion for stroke. She was fortunate enough to be placed on various courses at masters level.
She worked on the acute stroke ward for 2 and a half years, then the opportunity arose due to the expanding service to become a stroke nurse practitioner. She loves her specialist role; stroke is forever changing and developing. There are amazing treatments which have improved patients quality of life, saving lives and reducing the chances of someone being severely disabled after a stroke. Enabling them to be as independent as possible. 

Stroke nurse practitioner
Workshop area

Nursing in a specialist service

This talk incorporates 3 case studies which will include TIA pathway, non fast positive pathway (Haemorrhagic/wake up stroke and rehab, and fast postitive pathway (Thrombolysis & Thrombectomy)

Lucy is a speaker at Nursing Careers & Jobs Fair
Lucy Austin

Lucy has been in nursing for 30 years and has worked in various speciality’s, including; cardiac, anaesthesia and surgery. During her career she has also been a nursing officer in the RAF reservists and has been one of the only reservists to have qualified in critical care flight nursing.
She has spent the majority of her NHS career working as a senior nurse in intensive care which was interesting and challenging. However, she wanted to develop her career, without losing patient contact. She always had an interest in becoming a nurse practitioner and was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to have a 1 year secondment as a stroke nurse practitioner.
During that time she was shocked by the amazing advances and acuteness of nursing care in stroke. As soon as a permanent post became available she applied. She finds the nurse practitioner role challenging, exciting as every day is different. She would not want to work in any other area as she does not think anything else would be as interesting and fulfilling. 

Advanced stroke nurse practitioner