In 1999 the London Network for Nurses and Midwives was created as “The London Standing Conference for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors” by Dame Chris Beasley, Chief Nursing Officer for England, whilst in her role as Regional Nurse Director for London.
The main objective was to specifically bring nurses together across London so that they could share their challenges, experiences and innovations. This was achieved through the formation of working groups that could share their knowledge and experience at the first Standing Conference at Wembley in 2000.
Whilst there was variation in the outputs of the working groups these early years were extremely successful and the Network ran further conferences in 2001 (Wembley); 2002 (Wembley); 2003 (ExCel, Docklands). It was clear that through this cohesive and collective approach it was possible to influence the health agenda.
A further conference was held in 2004 (ExCel, Docklands) but it was clear at this time that the work of the sub groups was moving away from operational problem solving (such as the development of standard competencies) to strategic influence. It was decided not to hold a conference in 2005 but to focus the resources on the strategic work of the sub groups. This would also allow more of the funding to be spent on development work.
In February 2006 there were further changes to the Network. In order to introduce even more individuals to the strategic direction of the Network the Strategic Management Board membership was opened to each of the working group Chairs. Additionally, the name of the Network was changed from the “London Standing Conference for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors” to the current title of “The London Network for Nurses and Midwives”
A further conference was held in 2006 but in order to reflect the changing work this conference had a new emphasis. The 2006 event brought patients and professionals together in order to present the patients perspective of care and how the caring activity is perceived by patients.
More recently the work of the Network has been through the work of the working groups. Several of the groups have been successful in securing funding for small initiatives that have made improvements to the health or welfare of communities within London. The working groups are self motivating and membership is through the working group chairs identified under the London Network Contacts button. Further information is available on the Working Group Button.
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