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Key nursing issues up for discussion at two-day London event

The Deputy Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England and the Head of Nursing at UNISON, the national public service trade union, are both keynote speakers at next week's Nursing in Practice London Event at the Business Design Centre, Islington – a two-day conference for practice and community nurses.
Next Tuesday (22 September 2009), Viv Bennett, the deputy CNO with an extensive background in nursing, will address hundreds of nurses and discuss how they can take a leading role in transforming community services.
The following day (23 September 2009), Gail Adams, UNISON's Head of Nursing, will consider whether outsourcing community services could undermine the very fabric of care in the community. She will also reflect on the development of nursing and suggest what the role of nurses in 2020 could be.
The London Event is the largest Nursing in Practice Event in the annual calendar, comprising 35 expert speakers over the two days. Clinical topics to be discussed include anticoagulation services, alcohol management, asthma control, obesity, diabetes care, mental-health issues and respiratory disease.
Afternoon motivational sessions will be provided by patient behaviour expert John Bell, voted "Best UK Conference Speaker of the Year" on four occasions, and Jenni Russell, a specialist in pelvic floor rehabilitation, who appeared on ITV's This Morning to discuss her book, Can a Vagina Really Buy a Mercedes?
The two-day event will conclude with a discussion on swine flu by the Health Protection Agency's consultant Vivien Cleary, who will assess the lessons learnt from the first wave of the virus in the spring and how to prepare for a possible second wave in the autumn.