Conference to focus on Achieving the Six Cs



TV broadcaster Fiona Phillips has been announced as the guest speaker for a conference at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) to mark International Nurses Day.

The former GMTV presenter will speak at the Confidence in Care Conference: Achieving the Six Cs – Moving Forward, which will take place on Friday 17 May 2013. She is a Patron of the Alzheimer’s Society and has direct experience of caring for people with dementia,

The full day conference will focus on the Six Cs – Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment – that featured in a compassionate caring vision outlined by the Government last year. The vision aims to embed these six values in all nursing, midwifery and care-giving settings throughout the NHS and social care to improve care for patients.

The conference, which is being jointly organised by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, will be held at the Shropshire Education and Conference Centre (SECC) at RSH. It will also feature a number of other high profile speakers, with the programme due to be finalised in the near future.

The conference has been organised by a group of staff from the Trust and the University, including Chief Nurse Vicky Morris and Dr Wilf McSherry, Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People.

Dr McSherry, who has held the post since 2008 in a joint appointment between the Trust and University, said: “This promises to be an excellent and informative conference, focusing on the importance of having confidence in nursing care and focusing on how we can move forward to ensure we are providing the best and most compassionate healthcare possible.

“We hosted a similar conference focusing on Dignity in Care in 2011 which proved a big success and was well received by those who attended. I’m sure those who attend this conference will find it equally as rewarding.”

Places at the conference cost £60 per delegate, to include a buffet lunch and refreshments.
To book a place, write to Dr McSherry, C/O Corporate Nursing Office, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 3XQ, call 07983 981931 or email him at [email protected]


Fiona Phillips

Fiona is one of the leading lights of British television.  After 12 years as the lead presenter on GMTV, she left to focus on other television projects.  Since leaving, Fiona has presented a number of different programmes including two very personal and emotional films; Mum, Dad, Alzheimer’s and Me for Channel 4 as part of their highly acclaimed Dispatches series, Christmas Tales (ITV1), Forces Reunited (Sky) and LK Today (ITV1).

Fiona’s book Before I Forget was published by Random House in September 2010.

During her time on the sofa, her warmth, intellect and genuine interest has drawn interviewees GMTV from all walks of life, from real life stories told by the people whose lives have been affected by the events featured on the show, to celebrities and politicians.

Independent radio is where she began her career, having graduated with a B.A. Hons degree in English and a Post Graduate Certificate in radio journalism.  It wasn’t long before she made the move into television, rapidly being promoting from regional programming to a full time reporter for Sky News.  Fiona’s warmth, sense of humour and flair for production was evident and she soon became Sky’s Entertainment Editor, producing, reporting and presenting Sky News Entertainment output.

After moving to Los Angeles, Fiona became the entertainment correspondent for GMTV.  For over two years, she covered some of the biggest stories including the OJ Simpson trial, Michael Jackson’s alleged child molestation case and the Oscars to name a few. She also interviewed some of the screen’s hottest names from Leonardo di Caprio and Clint Eastwood, to Brad Pitt and Mel Gibson.
Fiona has been nominated for the RTS Interview of the Year Award and is one of the best interviewers on the television today.  Top Politicians including the Prime Minister request that Fiona conducts their interviews on GMTV and Victoria Beckham chose Fiona for her only TV interview when promoting her recent book.

As well as GMTV, Fiona regularly hosts Loose Women (ITV1), has stood in for Matthew Wright for a week on The Wright Stuff (Five), presented the celebrity lifestyle show OK TV! (ITV1), Start the Weekend (LWT’s Friday night entertainment show), Rich and Famous (ITV1), The Royal Variety Show and Baby House (ITV1).  She appeared in the film Room for Rent and voiced a character in the animated film Shark’s Tale opposite a star studded cast.  More recently Fiona took part in Comic Relief Does The Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing (both for BBC1) and the ground breaking programme The Killer in Me (ITV1).

Fiona still enjoys radio and has hosted for Simon Mayo on his BBC Radio 5 Live Show.  She also hosted a weekly Sunday afternoon show on Smooth Radio.  As a journalist Fiona writes a weekly column for The Mirror and is the new columnist for Tesco Magazine.

Fiona is heavily involved with a number of charities.  She is an Ambassador for Age UK, The Prince’s Trust, Plan International and Children in Crisis and is a Patron of the Alzheimer’s Society.  In addition, Fiona also works very closely with Missing People and the Evelina Children’s Hospital.


Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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