Conference slot a success for prison's long-term conditions work

Rebecca Hayton and Nina Turner at the conference in London

Staff from our Forensic and Prison Services delivered a successful speech at a national conference.

HMP/YOI Rochester's Clinical Nurse Manager Nina Turner, and Senior Nurse Rebecca Hayton, presented at the 3rd annual National Gastrointestinal Nursing Conference in London.

Their topic, 'Managing GI conditions in the prison service' was well-received with a many delegates approaching them afterwards to find out more.

The event aims to bring together experts in the fields of  gastroenterology and stoma care to discuss the ways in which specialist nurses can demonstrate their value to health care services and patients and show specialist skills that are transferable across multiple fields.

The presentation included how gastrointestinal disorders are managed in the prison services, and how challenges in service provision are overcome.

They also highlighted how every patient with a long-term condition is reviewed, how nurses are trained and how they manage and overcome the challenges of conditions such as Crohn's, lactose intolerance, IBS, hepatitis and alcohol dependence.

Nina Turner said "It was a great success, with many connections made for future partnership working, plus we spoke to student nurses interested in taking their career in this direction too.

It was a really positive and beneficial event for us."

Published on 4th February 2016