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Trust celebrates staff at nursing and midwifery conference

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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) will celebrate all things nursing and midwifery at a special event on Friday 10 May 2019 to congratulate their nurses and recognise all of their hard work.

Over 200 nurses and midwives are expected to attend the event, which will be held just before International Nurses Day. It will celebrate excellence in practice and will feature speeches from nurses at all levels on their particular area of expertise, including topics as varied as medication safety and end of life care.

The event will also mark the start of a consultation with a large group of nurses and midwives to consider their professional contribution to the delivery of the Trust Strategy, which is currently being refreshed. Building on previous strategies, it will provide an opportunity to review achievements of the past three years and identify shared visions and key milestones for the future of nursing and midwifery at the Trust.

Sam Foster, Chief Nursing Officer for the Trust, said: "I'm really looking forward to celebrating International Nurses and Midwives Day in our Trust. Every year, it's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate excellence in practice and congratulate our nurses. They're incredibly dedicated to our patients, and I'm so proud to be the Chief Nursing Officer for the Trust.

"By sharing our knowledge and experience, we'll continue to provide the best compassionate care and support for our nurses. We have some incredibly well-respected nurses working in our hospitals, and they're all incredibly generous in sharing their time and expertise with us."

Anita Redditch, Senior Midwife and Lead of the Breech Team at the Trust, will be giving a talk on service developments in breech babies.

Earlier this year, she was shortlisted for a national award for her contribution to midwifery education.

The event will end in an award ceremony for nurses who have been registered for over 40 years.

Sam Foster said: "Celebrating some of our longest-serving nurses is one of my favourite parts of these conferences. They have seen so much change and development over the years, and thanking them for their hard work and dedication is a pleasure and a privilege".

Pictured: Chief Nurse Sam Foster.