Building and Promoting Excellence in Practice First International Conference 2 April 2007
Conference Format / Speakers

Conference Format


This one day conference will offer the following:

§         Key note address by eminent professionals (see keynote speakers biographies).

§         Concurrent oral presentations.

§         Poster presentations.


Keynote Speakers


Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London.


Anne Marie trained as a nurse and has a background in social science, clinical research and history. She has had a longstanding fascination with nursing knowledge, its origins, status and leadership within the profession. Her entrée into research was as a ‘Nottingham Nurse Scholar’ at Queen’s Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, where she also worked as a staff nurse. Her RCT into the prevention of postoperative backache won the Nursing Times/3M award for research.


Having been bitten by the research bug she pursued her passion for history at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford in 1991. Her D.Phil thesis, The Politics of Nursing Knowledge was published as a book by Routledge in 1996. Her interest in the capacity of the nursing profession to influence its political agenda was fuelled by a Harkness Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the lobbying tactics used by American nurses to influence the Clinton Health Reform campaign.


As the Head of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery she is privileged to lead a dynamic School, which combines cutting edge-clinical developments and teaching with high quality research.



Dr. Kim Manley, Head of RCN Practice Development


Kim has an international reputation for the development of effective workplace cultures in healthcare. Such cultures put the patient at the centre, are clinically effective, continually modernising and realise shared governance principles. Core components of her work include helping healthcare organisations and clinical teams to develop, implement and evaluate practice development strategies and work-based learning initiatives involving practice accreditation. Other areas of interest include the study of practice expertise, developing consultant practitioners’ effectiveness, and facilitating the development of team and service effectiveness across different specialisms within nursing as well as across other healthcare professions.


As well as being Head of Practice Development at the Royal College of Nursing Institute in the UK, Kim is Visiting Professor to Bournemouth University. She has extensive experience as a practitioner, clinical educator, practice developer, practice-based researcher and programme director for both undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in nursing.


In 2000, Kim was awarded the CBE for quality patient services arising from her work on operationalising the consultant nurse role over a decade.