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HCT’s "Shaping the Future" Public Health Nursing event – a resounding success!

On Wednesday 19 April, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust held a big Public Health nursing event at the Rothampstead Conference Centre in Harpenden.

Kay Gilmour, HCT’s Assistant Director of Children’s Universal Services chaired the proceedings, attended by hundreds of HCT delegates and guests. Among them were the professional leads from the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA), the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV), our Chair Linda Sheridan and CEO Elliot Howard-Jones.

Throughout the day the Public Health 0-19 service showcased the really great work undertaken daily across Hertfordshire, by our dedicated teams. Their collective mission is to help improve health outcomes and so reduce health inequalities for babies, children, young people, and families.

The conference also represented a great opportunity for HCT’s PHN service to engage with our commissioners, with everyone joining in on the lively Q&A sessions between presentations.

HCT’s Kay Gilmour summarised the spirit of the event saying:

”A huge thank you to all of you for your contributions as an organiser, facilitator or as a speaker for the fantastic PHN Celebration day yesterday. It was a super success and very much appreciated by all of our delegates. A great agenda with energising and informative topics, lots of opportunity for discussion, learning and networking (the noise levels certainly confirmed this)!"

A celebratory HCT PHN video was also screened, showcasing  the busy and rewarding working lives of our amazing School Nurses and Health Visitors, Associate Practitioners, plus all the amazing administrative staff who support them with their daily, busy tasks.

Everyone agreed that HCT Public Health Nursing is a great place to work!

For more details about becoming a School Nurse or HV contact michaela.pedgrift@nhs.net. Here’s just a few grateful comments received by the conference organisers, providing some great feedback.

A collage of photos from the PHN Conference 2023. The top row comprises of four images of women giving presentations next to a large projector screen. The bottom row has two images of a note-taking audience and another woman standing at a lecturn with balloons behind her.

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