UWS Advanced Practice Student Presents at Prestigious UK Paediatric Intensive Care Conference

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Isobel Macleod, Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Ward 1D (PICU), Royal Hospital for Children, recently presented at this event and sent this report.

The UK Paediatric Intensive Care Society (PICS) was founded in 1987 as a multidisciplinary forum for all those involved and interested in paediatric intensive care. PICS remains the main professional society representing the UK paediatric intensive care community and 2017 saw Nottingham host the 31st PICS Annual Scientific Meeting from 11th – 13th October.

The conference programme stated the it would challenge and stretch those who attended in topics including pharmacology, physiology, rehabilitation safety, cutting edge science and ethics – delivered by 10 international speakers from 7 countries, as well as a selection of UK speakers and a further 149 abstracts were accepted for presentation (10 oral, 24 oral posters and 115 posters).

Having completed a dissertation entitled ‘Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy in Children with Congenital Cardiac Conditions’ as part of my MSc Maternal and Child Health (Advanced Paediatric Practice) I was lucky enough to have had an abstract accepted as one of the 10 oral presentations. The session was chaired by Martha Curley, Ellen and Robert Kapito Professor in Nursing Science at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA and Nurse Scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital. The session was attended by over 300 medical, nursing and AHP delegates and the presentation was well received with delegates stretching from Edinburgh to London and even USA speaking to me throughout the remainder of the conference about it. At the conference closing address, it was awarded a prize for the best oral presentation – for the project that ‘demonstrates the most valuable contribution to patient care in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit’. Prof. Curley has also invited me to present the project in the coming months to an international teleconference of nurse scientists – with attendees from Europe, Australia, Canada and USA but before then I will graduate from UWS on the 9th November.

However, all this would not have occurred without the support and guidance of both my academic and clinical supervisors – Jean Watson, Linda Hannah and Dr Mark Davidson and the generous agreement from the parents of the babies to participate in the project.”

Well done Isobel from all at UWS!