10,000 nurses heading for Liverpool

ACC Liverpool secures two-day Nursing Live event that will see up to 10,000 nurses descend on Liverpool with a potential benefit to the city of £1.4m. Tony McDonough reports

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Up to 10,000 nurses will be coming to Liverpool for Nursing Live. Image from the NHS


Up to 10,000 nurses will descend on Liverpool this autumn when the city hosts the first two-day Nursing Live event.

Taking place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool on November 10 and 11, Nursing Live is a festival and expo dedicated to the UK nursing profession. It will include more than 100 presentations, demonstrations and masterclasses.

There will also be special zones focused on careers and learning, digital health, advanced medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.

And delegates will get access to a wide range of personal well-being resources designed specifically for nurses. Plus there will be areas featuring leisure activities, music and food.

Combining professional and personal development elements, together with lifestyle and entertainment content, Nursing Live will be the first event of its kind for the nursing sector. It is estimated it will boost the Liverpool city centre economy by £1.4m.

Nursing Live is being organised by RCNi, the educational subsidiary of the Royal College of Nursing. Managing director Rachel Armitage said: “It’s fitting that 160 years on from when the Liverpool Training School for Nurses first opened its doors on Dover Street, the inaugural Nursing Live is set to be hosted in the city.


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ACC Liverpool on the waterfront will host Nursing Live this autumn
Jan Ross
Jan Ross, chief executive of The Walton Centre


“Liverpool’s tradition of nursing innovation and outstanding practice is matched by the caring and compassionate spirit  of its people, values which are also shared across the nursing profession.”

As part of the lead up to the event, Nursing Live have been speaking to nurses across the UK. These include staff from Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and The Walton Centre in Fazakerley.

Jan Ross, chief executive of The Walton Centre, said: “I worked for more than 30 years as a surgical nurse, a matron and a divisional nurse director.

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“In that time, I’ve always put an incredibly high value on events which bring nurses together, especially from different backgrounds. That’s because there’s always something new to learn, fresh ideas to share, and challenges to overcome by working together.”

City region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram also said: ““Their bravery and selflessness during the COVID-19 pandemic will never be forgotten by the people of our region. I’m sure they will receive the warmest of welcomes from our residents.”

Click here for more information about Nursing Live.

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