This week Queen Margaret’s, York (QM) hosted the inaugural Independent Schools Nursing Conference. The brainchild of QM’s resident Senior Nurse, Helen Williams, the conference was created to respond to an emerging need to recognise health and well-being in schools. Covering topics such as Diabetes, Eating Disorders and Safeguarding, the Conference has been developed to create an effective sounding board for discussion and questions on current topics and a platform to share best practice.
Guest speakers included Dr Vijay Jayagopal, York Hospital – ‘A Spotlight on Diabetes’; Jacqui Hourigan, North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group – ‘A School Nurse’s Contribution to Safeguarding’; Astrid Croasdale, North Yorkshire Police – ‘Safeguarding Children’; Caroline Price and Julia Young, Beat Eating Disorders – ‘Eating Disorders in Schools’ and Bev Gilbert, Medical Officer of Schools Association (MOSA) who reflected on the day’s presentations and presented conclusions.
There was an overwhelming response to the Conference with nursing professionals from over 45 participating schools from across the country attending, from as far North as Yarm School in North Yorkshire and as far South as Taunton School in Somerset.
Jessica Miles, Head at Queen Margaret’s was delighted that QM conceived and hosted the inaugural Conference. “This was a truly wonderful opportunity for QM to welcome other schools and meet with other nursing professionals to discuss some really hard hitting, prevalent topics. Our girls are our most pressing priority and their health and wellbeing has never been more important than in today’s reality and vlogger celebrity obsessed society which promotes unrealistic images of how young girls should look. I am delighted that this Conference created the perfect environment for these negative influences to be addressed and discussed and for the overall health and wellbeing of our girls to take centre stage.”