Conference celebrates Dorset's nurses

Conference celebrates Dorset's nurses

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:36am 13th May 2019.

The event marked International Nurses Day.

Nurses across Dorset have marked International Nurses Day.

A conference was held at Kingston Maurward College.

Delegates heard about new initiatives taking place within nursing, including the nurse practitioner-led service on Portland.

They were also told about the new Telehealth Service for palliative care patients.

Vanessa Read, Director of Nursing & Quality at NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group said: "Today has provided an excellent opportunity to celebrate our nurses and all that they do. Without talented and committed nurses, the NHS would not be able to support patients in the way it does.

"While nursing has certainly evolved over time, with a workforce of nurses now performing important specialist roles across Dorset, today has shown how the core values of caring for patients remain intrinsic to the job. All of our nurses deserve recognition for their contributions, which really do make a difference."

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The conference showcased the diverse range of contemporary nursing roles, from advanced nurse practitioners, critical care nurses, forensic nurses and diabetes nurses to health visitors, paediatric nurses and the traditional bedside nurse.

Earlier this year, a new Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship scheme was introduced offering up to 50 aspiring nurses the chance to study adult or mental health nursing while gaining practical experience in a healthcare setting in Dorset.

Sarah Tilbury, System Apprenticeship Development Lead from the Dorset Workforce Delivery Team said: "It's right that we take this moment to show our appreciation for local nurses and invite them all to share their ideas and experience, as part of the wider conversation on how best to train and retain high quality nurses."

For more information on current opportunities to get into health and social care roles in Dorset, visit

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