As usual for our UK EBMT NAP meeting we move to a different city each year. This year we visited Manchester, a vibrant if not slightly wet city in the North of England.
This year for the first time we also had a combined International EBMT Meeting and the inaugural Research Nursing Meeting. In a similar vein, the International EBMT nursing study day moves from country to country each year. Combining our UK meeting with our colleagues from the rest of Europe aimed to make this an event not to be missed and indeed this was the case with a fantastic turnout and engaging speakers.
To make the meeting even more attractive we held our first Research nursing day. This was a day that was intended to introduce nurses who are naïve to the whole research process, what research is and how research is performed, a tool kit to increase knowledge and confidence.
The theme for the Nurses Study Day was Past, Present and Future, Celebrating 60 years of HSCT. It all started with Dr Jennifer Byrne who gave an overview of the last 60 years and took a look into the future for transplantation. Dr Eileen Parry proceeded to discuss skin complications and how chemotherapy and radiotherapy cause all of our patient’s cutaneous problems. Some excellent hints and tips on application of creams and general skin care.
Following a tea break Dr Jane Keep told us all we needed to look after ourselves more. Essentially we need to make time and space to enable us to go to the toilet! If you are not going to the toilet it means you are not drinking enough. This is an obvious statement but one that led to some lively debate at lunch and a large toilet queue.
Radiotherapy in a nut shell was delivered with aplomb by Dr Ed Smith followed by an ancient Irish fable (500 years ago a man with a head injury was revived with bone marrow) of transplant from Dr Dan Wiseman. Dr Wiseman updated us on new AML treatments and told us where and how it all began. A great overview of the past which informs the way we still treat patients with leukaemia today.
Next up was a double act of Prof Rob Wynn and Helen Webster who delivered VOD from a nursing and medic’s perspective. The show stopper was in the form of Prof Radford who never fails to perform and gave a potted history of lymphoma.
The day was rounded off by a Jazz supported meal at The Albert Square Chop House. A thoroughly good day
Friday changed focus with research being the name of the game. This was the first foray into a different environment for the EBMT NG. Research remains a topic that many nurses still find difficult to relate to their own practice. The hopes from the day were to demystify this often confusing subject.
We were lucky enough to have both the winner of the best oral presentation and best piece of nursing research attend to present their work. Annika Kisch spoke about her grounded theory approach to sibling stem cell donation. Whilst, Fabienne Colledani described how a nurse can take an idea and turn it into a project and presented the nursing evaluation and care of patients with GI GvHD.
Marta Canesi discussed the challenges that would be faced when starting up any project. How to develop the idea, where to start and who to go to for help and assistance?
Sadly due to a cancelled flight The Critical Appraisal Company were unable to attend and Dr Jacqui Stringer and her research committee stepped into the breach and gave an overview of how to critically read a piece of research and understand statistics by taking apart one of their own pieces of work.
Corien Eeltink completed the day by showing us how the final publication should look.
Plans are already being made for 2018 with the International EBMT Meeting to be held in Montpellier facilitated by Caroline Bompoint. The EBMT UK NAP meeting will go ahead in Cardiff 2018, dates for both of these events will be confirmed soon.
I am looking forward to seeing some of you there