AGM and Annual Reunion 2020 Cancelled Due to Covid 19
Sadly the executive committee has to announce that the annual reunion and AGM for 2020 has to be cancelled due to Covid 19 and the restrictions placed by the government We may find that, by the end of September, the pandemic regulations have been eased but we do not have a crystal ball to look that far into the future. We needed to make a decision now in order to inform the Hotel and to prevent members from starting to book and pay for the AGM. We do not have the administrative capacity to return money. We of course plan to hold the 2021 AGM on 25th September as usual.
In order to fulfil the legal requirement to hold an AGM, the Executive and Benevolent Committees will meet, either in person or via Zoom, on November 12th. To allow all members to comment and ask questions about the work of the League we will be putting the Agenda and copies of key reports on this web site by the end of October. We will respond to these in the minutes, which will also be loaded onto the web site.
This year's journal will only be available online from early August 2020 via a members only section. Members of the league who have ordered the journal will be sent the password by post. If any member of the league would like the password please contact the membership secretary via email and the password can be sent to you.
During last year's AGM, Graham Davies, Consultant Immunologist, and Evey Howley, Immunology CNS, gave a very interesting presentation on Thymus Transplantation for Infants with complete Di George Syndrome. You can see (and download) their PowerPoint slides here.
We have recently welcomed two new members, Karen and Yvonne, to the Executive Committee. if you are interested in joining the committee please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Nurses Day 2019 at GOSH
The day was celebrated in The Lagoon at Great Ormond Street Hospital on Friday 10 May. There was a colourful stand located next to the hospital shop. This was staffed by enthusiastic nurses and proved popular with the children and their parents along with all the hospital workforce.
An interesting world map indicated the countries from where many GOSH nurses had originated and proved what an international group of nurses there are at the hospital.
The Nurses' League made a donation towards the cost of a lovely tea and an enormous cake provided for the nursing staff at 3 pm. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves and those that couldn't make it were well looked after by kind folk carrying laden plates back to their colleagues around the hospital. The Chief Nurse, Alison Robertson, gave a short address to all who could attend.
(from the address given by Imelda Charles-Edwards to the 2016 AGM)
I will introduce myself to those who do not know me. I was in the October 1967 set. I became a Staff Nurse and later a Sister on a general surgical ward at GOS. I also worked as a Sister on a medical ward in Oxford. After training to teach I spent 4 years at UCH School of Nursing before returning to GOS as Senior Tutor for curriculum development. This was at the time leading up to and then introducing Project 2000.
I became Head of the School of Nursing at the time of the move to higher education. The planned move in the Institute of Child Health collapsed as I took over and we had to find an alternative university home. This lead to a move to London South Bank University where I worked for 4 years before moving to the English National Board. This gave me amongst other things a unique opportunity to visit children's services from Paediatric Intensive Care to Community Children's Nursing teams and Children's Hospices. I then led the children's degree course by distance learning at the RCN before retiring. Since then I have been trustee at the Children's Trust Tadworth.
I am delighted and honoured to be asked to be President of the League to give me the opportunity to give something back to the place that has meant so much to me and has defined my career. I will give my energy to doing as good a job for all the members as I can.
PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE
To raise the League's profile and hopefully to attract more members, a day conference was decided upon to explore the many changes that have taken place in Nursing since the foundation of GOSH took place.
Following the decision to organise the event, Susan Macqueen and Di Robertshaw donned their thinking caps and soon six excellent speakers had been charmed into participating. Their task was to speak on the Past, Present and Future of nursing. The planning for the event was all a bit helter-skelter and involved a number of meetings in The Lagoon and many email exchanges but on the day, much to the relief of the organisers, everything proceeded like clockwork, a good demonstration of nursing teamwork.
Some of the speakers
All the speakers gave stimulating and passionate insights into their particular area of expertise. Jan Saxton offered a moving address about the plight of children around the time that GOSH opened its doors in 1852. She described the inspirational work of Thomas Coram and Charles West.
Susan Macqueen reminded us all of early aseptic techniques and then brought us up to date with the current thinking on preventing infection in healthcare. Liz Smith, Advanced Lead Nurse Practitioner in the Cardiac Unit, continued the theme of change, describing the improved prospects of children born with half a heart. She explained how there are now plans to introduce a virtual ward in the patient's home to increase parents' confidence and allow earlier discharge.
Following a splendid lunch with plenty of chat and reminiscences, Una McCrann talked about her specialist unit which deals with children with feeding disorders, and how attitudes have changed.
Kate Kahir discussed the massive improvements in the treatment of haemophilia, and how with early diagnosis and treatment, life expectancy is now so much longer. A recurring theme during the day was the plight of children in developing countries who have far shorter life expectancies than in the UK. Kate's excellent use of photographs affected many hearts in the audience.
The day was rounded off by Faith Gibson, Clinical Professor of Children and Young People's Cancer Care. She raised many provocative and strategic questions about the nature of the modern nursing profession; for example: has the profession moved too far away from the bedside and is the focus of a nurse's time on the right issues?
Many, many thanks to all those who gave their valuable time to speak to us, and to all the attendees. There were over 60 in total, with friends and colleagues meeting again after many years. The feedback on the day from participants was enthusiastic, and the Committee is considering what they may try next.
Recruitment of Link Members
Link Members are still needed for these counties:
- Channel Islands
- Isles of Scilly
- Scotland and the Isle of Lewis
If you feel you could undertake this role, please send your details to Melanie Molyneux, Membership Secretary. She will then send to you the details and information you will require.