Nurses and therapists from throughout the UK joined Newbridge practitioners for a day of training led by acknowledged experts within the field. The very successful event on April 11, attended by 40 participants, was the second in the Newbridge House Master Class Series, a rolling programme of training days delivered by national and international experts.

“No single one of us has all the answers, no matter how experienced we are,” explained trainer Beverley Murphy, as she introduced the day, together with co-trainer, Yvonne Manning. “Everybody has something to learn and everybody has something to teach.”

Beverley has 28 years of experience in mental health nursing and is currently chief nurse and director of quality assurance at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust. Yvonne Manning has 20 years of experience in the field and has a senior, specialist role in a specialist role in eating disorders and paediatric liaison for Surrey Borders Partnership NHS Trust.

The principle behind the Master Class series is to bring acknowledged UK experts to Newbridge to offer high quality training to both Newbridge staff and colleagues in community and other inpatient services.

Participants travelled from across the Midlands and further afield to attend the Nursing Master Class day. There was a highly interactive style throughout, with participants being encouraged to share their expertise, reflect on their experiences and work together in small groups. The day began with a session on motivation, considering practitioner’s own motivation to come to work each day and how this frames their relationship with patients. There was in-depth consideration of where patients may be in the motivational cycle and how this needs to inform the therapeutic approach.

The day also covered managing weight increase, including hormonal changes and physical and emotional aspects. There was a focus on legal and practice issues, including assertiveness in clinical decision making, how the law applies to ED nursing and implications of the Francis report. Newbridge House Medical Director, professor Hubert Lacey, said: “We are very grateful to Beverley and Yvonne for providing such an engaging, interactive and extremely well received day of training. This sort of experience brings together professionals from many different services and provides an important opportunity to reflect, share experiences and build relationships.”

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