As 2021 draws to an end, it has been another year of change and challenge. As nurses and HCP’s we are well used to this and we had hoped perhaps that this year may have provided some respite before the winter, but it was not to be. And we are now probably facing some of the toughest times for over a decade. We may be a little exhausted at the talk of resilience, but what we do know is that we must look after ourselves, not just physically but mentally. Whatever it is that affords you some me time, it is essential to make time for this. We cannot look after others if we do not look after ourselves. You will have noticed a suite of NHS staff – Staying Well and Welfare Resources and Benefits in your hospitals, care environments and community settings. Please use these! They go some way for enjoying a socially distanced 2021 Festive Period.
It is important to learn from the past, not to dwell on it, but to look forward. We may be a little exhausted at the talk of resilience, but what we do know is that we must look after ourselves, not just physically but mentally. Whatever it is that affords you some you time, it is essential to make time for this. We cannot look after others if you are exhausted, hungry and so this offers the opportunity to reflect and draw out some of the positives.
For the NNNG these include; The launch of its new website earlier in the year and alongside this, new branding. This new platform will enable us to provide more interactive and comprehensive educational material as well as improved joining processes for members. We have seen our membership grow and it is great to welcome both new members to the group as well as those returning. Only by growing our membership and by you as members becoming actively involved can we secure the future of the group and continue to promote the importance of good nutritional care, be advocates for our patients, strive for excellence and influence at national level.
We continue to use social media such as Twitter to highlight events but also engage with topical conversation and signposting. We also joined LinkedIn to further expand our networks. These outlets also enable us to summarise topics on the discussion forum as well as job listings. As well as a communication tool it also provides new opportunities to work with other groups and make plans for 2022.
Take a look at our “How to Guides”:
October saw the 2nd NNNG virtual conference which is now available on demand. This was a hugely successful week with over 130 people each evening joining us for the symposiums. The range of topics covered as well as new and inspiring speakers was truly inspiring. With subjects from dysphagia and ageing in learning disabilities to human factors and patient safety, paediatric safeguarding to writing for publication and so much more. We covered it all!
This year also saw the launch of a new collaboration with the BJN with a nutritional supplement. We are very proud of this new member benefit as this also provides a great platform for those starting out in writing for publication. If this is something you would like to do, but don’t know where to start, we can help so please do get in touch. The articles in this month’s supplement complement one another covering obesity and sarcopenia in the older population, long COVID and sensory changes that affect dietary intake.
This is your NNNG and we will be seeking your input, views and support towards projects over the next few months. But we are also there for you and are always keen to know what we can do for you, what would you like support with and what would you like to see us getting more involved with or developing further so please do get in touch:
Contact Page: https://nnng.org.uk/contact-us/
Email: [email protected]
NNNG Website: https://nnng.org.uk/
From the NNNG Committee: We Wish all our Members a Very Happy and Restful Christmas.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2022!
On Demand Links are NOW available for the following:
NNNG Virtual Conference 2021
BSNA Webinar | 24th November
BAPEN Conference | 29th November – 2nd December 2021
A Date for Your 2022 Diaries:
9th National GI Nursing Conference | 28th January 2022
The NNNG AGM – YOUR Vote Matters
To be held Virtually: 22nd February 2022 – Please look out for a Teams Invite!