England's Chief Nursing Officer key speaker at University conference

Jane Cummings, England's Chief Nursing Officer, was a key speaker at the University's annual Mental Health Nursing Conference on 20 March 2015 at City South Campus.

Jane is a high profile figure in the world of nursing, who is known for publishing Compassion in Practice, the national vision and strategy for nurses, midwives and care staff. With The Shape of Caring Review report published last week, the conference included discussions about the future of education and training for nurses and care assistants.

The Mental Health Nursing Conference is now in its eighth year. Andrew Walsh, Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, explains that the aim of the conference was, "to promote mental health nurse identity amongst the students. It was an opportunity for students from all three years of the course to get to know each other, giving the students the chance to practice their public speaking and presentation skills and to hear different viewpoints about mental health nursing from external speakers."

Other speakers included Professor Peter Nolan, an internationally well-known writer and speaker in the field of mental health care and Professor Dawn Brooker, Director of the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies, who is internationally recognised for her work in Dementia care.

Alongside the external speakers, there was a series of workshops led by students in the morning, covering such topics as 'Management of self-harm', 'Mental health nursing in the military', and 'Dignity in care'. Hazel Nash, Claire Albrighton, Sarah Mottram, members of the newly formed Birmingham City University Student Nursing Society, gave a presentation about mental wellbeing in students.

It was a very interactive day with conversations taking part on Twitter using the hashtag #BCUnursing.

Mental Health nursing course

Watch the other key note talks

Prof Dawn Brooker

Jonathan Gadsby

Peter Nolan