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NELFT teams speak at the Manchester Health Expo

The Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017 took place in Manchester on September 11 and 12. The annual event saw more than 5,000 delegates attend and over 200 hours of speakers, workshops and sessions exploring the latest developments and innovations across health and social care. Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham also paid tribute to the heroic efforts of NHS staff who cared for victims of the Manchester bombing.

Two NELFT teams presented at the event, the Rotational Nurses project and the Interact team, which was also nominated for a Kate Granger award.

We chatted to one of the speakers, Paul Chesnaye, who is the Rotational Nurse lead and asked about his time at the event. Paul said:

The practice facilitation team was invited to speak at the Manchester Expo. Myself and the Director of Nursing, Debbie Smith were also asked to sit on a panel, along with Claire Murdoch, Chief Executive of Central and North West London Trust, Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, the Director of Nursing for Health Education England, and Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing, from NHS Improvements. We were among a small group of speakers asked to talk about their Trust’s innovations and both Debbie and I were there to speak about NELFTs Rotational Nurse Project.

What was the presentation about?

Our presentation focused on the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) Rotational Nursing Programme. NELFT is currently running two rotational nurse programmes, the NELFT Mental Health – Physical Health  Rotation (3rd generation) sees mental health and physical health as equal and connected. Secondly, our Essex rotation, in conjunction with Basildon Hospital, is seeing four adult nurses rotating from Essex District nursing teams into Basildon Acute Medical Unit (AMU) mental health and A&E.

NELFT is also in the process on recruiting paediatric nurses to undertake rotations in conjunction with Bart’s Health, which will see nurses working on children’s wards at Whipps Cross and then rotating into mental health in order that they can experience inpatient services at Brookside. The children’s Home Treatment Team (HTT) will also gain some experience with the Interact team (who were also presenting today at the Expo). They will also spend time with the children’s community teams. We are also recruiting nurses to work in Waltham Forest working in community services, acute services and GP surgeries.

How was it received by the attendees?

The presentation was received really well with questions being asked by audience members at the end of the presentation. Fabian Henderson, from NHS Improvement, stated: “both Ruth May, executive director of nursing NHS Improvement, and I were blown away with the approach and its links to improving retention”. We were also approached by the Nursing Standard  journalist Chris Longhurst for comment.

Manchester Expo was a high profile event – How was your experience?

The Expo was in my opinion a real celebration of the NHS. We spent some time supporting our colleagues who were also presenting, Steve Mylchreest and Jamie Rogers from Interact. The NELFT Rotation factsheet was also placed on a timeline of the future by one of the stands. It was a great experience to share and see what other excellent work and innovations that are being supported and to take a minute to reflect on the NHS at 70.

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(Paul Chesnaye being interviewed about NHS at 70)

As well as the Rotational Nurse project, the Interact team also did a presentation and were nominated for a Kate Granger Award.

Originally established in 2008, the Brookside-based Interact team has been recognised for their effective and high-quality care for young people with mental health issues. In 2009 it expanded its community support model to include A&E liaison for three separate acute hospitals. The model not only maintained its success but proved its adaptability to any setting, providing care where and when it is needed. As a result the team expanded this support outside of an A&E setting and have been greatly praised by young people and their parents.


(Interact's Jamie Rogers and Stephen Mylchreest at the Manchester Expo)

The Interact Team Leader Stephen Mylchreest said: “We had a stimulating couple of days with so much available for so many services. Nearly 6,000 delegates registered so you can gather how big an event it is.

“To be asked to present and be a finalist for such a prestigious award was recognition of the great work delivered by the Interact team. In fact the requests for presentations and workshops keep coming. This week we delivered a workshop at the national CYP Crisis Care conference in Newcastle and we are currently working with NHS England to provide data that will help shape children and young person crisis care national guidance which is due to be published later this year. NELFT is in the forefront of CAMHS crisis care and others trusts are looking to NELFT when planning their own services.”