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Phi Mu Chapter Annual Conference

Phi Mu Chapter held their Annual Conference on 19th July and it was hosted by the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery at Oxford Brookes University. We had 80 participants and a great mix of key note addresses from Baroness Tavistock, Heather Henry and Prof Anne-Marie Rafferty. We also had concurrent presentations from very talented students and academic staff from our 3 regional hubs in the Midlands, North and South.  We had great coverage on Twitter using #sigmanursingoxford  and @PhiMuChapter  so do look out for us. Dr Amy Hunter  and Catherine Best were also awarded grants for projects they are undertaking.

We held our Induction ceremony too and inducted 25 new members which was fantastic. Participants said the day was inspirational, thought provoking and gave them great enthusiasm for the future of nursing.

 The day ended with a delicious conference dinner.


Southern Hub meeting and scholarly event held in May at Bournemouth University

This event attracted existing members and nursing students interested in finding out about the society. Our Chapter president, Dr Janet Scammell, started with an update on recent and future chapter activities. 
We then heard 2 excellent presentations: the first was from Dr Ian Holt from Bucks New university about how artificial intelligence can support clinical decisions in wound care.  Ian presented the context of the use of technology generally in life today and then focused on the actual and potential use of artificial intelligence in the provision of health care including nursing. 
This was followed by a presentation from Ashley Spriggs from Bournemouth university concerning the DEALTS2 project which is a Health Education England funded project concerning the use of simulation-based dementia education interventions in acute care settings. A lively discussion followed each presentation which certainly gave the audience considerable food for thought.  The presentations were videoed and this will be uploaded onto the website in due course. 



Northern hub meeting of Phi Mu Chapter 25th March 2019
This 2nd meeting of our newest hub was kindly hosted by University of Hull in the new Allan Medical Building.

The event was introduced by Prof Steve Ersser (Hub lead) and was followed by a presentation about Phi Mu Chapter and our aspirations by Dr Janet Scammell, President of the Chapter. Events coming up in May and July were shared. A discussion about the Chapter and the hub was held, including increasing membership and in particular from students.
Presentations by: 
Lesley Gratrix (University of Hull): Nursing Leadership and ward sisters in supervisory roles. Lesley shared her PhD research journey to date and her evident passion understanding this key Nurse leader role.
Dr Parveen Ali (University of Sheffield): Emerging Nurse Researcher Award 2017 - Success is a Journey and not a Destination. Parveen shared her nursing career journey to date and the challenges and strategies to maximise success.
The meeting concluded with a discussion of practicalities of managing the Northern hub and the recruitment of a steering group.  Many thanks to those who volunteered!



Midlands Hub enjoy a Scholarly event in Oxford
14th Feb 2019




Chapter News

  • Northern Hub Network Event 6th November 2019

    The next Phi Mu Chapter Northern Hub event is to take place at The Post-Graduate Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL

    Travel details to follow. 
    If you would like to attend could you please contact Kirsten Jack at k.jack@mmu.ac.uk

    Click to view agenda 

  • Phi Mu Chapter awarded 2019 Chapter Key Award

    Message from our President Liz Westcott

    The Phi Mu Chapter has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Chapter Key Award. 

    Congratulations and thank you to everyone who made this a success for us all.
  • August 2019: President's Monthly Briefing

    Dear members
    Please see attached the first newsletter by our new  President Dr Liz Westcott
  • Founder's Day 5th October 2019

    It may seem a little early to be celebrating Sigma Founder's Day, but as always time runs away with us. On 5th October or thereabouts Sigma asks you, as its members to undertake 90 minutes of 'selfless service' and Phi Mu Chapter would like to hear about it. Lots of ideas will begin to emerge, so please look out for them on the Philanthropy link at the top of this page and if you would like to add any ideas of your own, please let me know.
  • Up-dating your Profile

    As a valued member of Sigma Phi Mu Chapter finding the time to keep your profile up-to-date will help you to successfully engage with others and make the best of your membership. It may also help you to see how far you have come and to define what you still want to achieve. If I can be of help please e-mail me at a.c.best@bradford.ac.uk.
  • Writing for the Blog

    As Chair of the Communications Committee I am keen to populate our Phi Mu Chapter Blog. 
    If you would like to contribute to this, please will you get in touch with me to discuss your ideas at a.c.best@bradford.ac.uk
    It's not as daunting as you think and there will be lots of support to help you.
  • Thank you message from our former President Dr Janet Scammell

    Dr Janet Scammell former President of Phi Mu (All England) Chapter says a heartfelt thank you to our new President Dr Liz Westcott and our Board members for the flowers and gifts she received to mark the end of her Presidency of Phi Mu.

    'It has been an amazing if at times a challenging journey.  However I felt so privileged to have held this office and to work with a great bunch of people. I know we are destined for even greater things under your expert leadership Liz and I look forward to working with you'.

  • A Fond Farewell

    On 19th July at the Phi Mu All England Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma) Annual Conference held at Oxford Brookes University we said a heartfelt and fond farewell to Dr Janet Scammell as she stepped down from her role as President and welcomed our new President Dr Liz Westcott. 

  • June 2019: President’s monthly briefing for members

    Dear Members

    Here is my last monthly update of Chapter news as Chapter President:

    Best wishes

    Dr Janet Scammell, Chapter President

  • Nursing Now event prepares nurses and midwives to lead

    Elizabeth Rosser shares her article on how a Nursing Now event prepares nurses and midwives to lead
  • Inspiring member stories - Catherine Best's story

    Please see link to Catherine's insightful article


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