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Programme for 2015-2016

The Queen Margaret Professorial Lectures offer fresh angles on topics of relevance and are designed to appeal to a wide audience.


Achieving Excellence in Care: Dancing with Beauty Rather than Fighting Ugliness

Professor Brendan McCormack

Head of the Division of Nursing, School of Health Sciences

Queen Margaret University

Assuring the quality of nursing care is a major agenda in Scotland and in healthcare systems internationally. In recent years, nursing has been criticised for not demonstrating enough compassion, care and kindness in everyday practice, as well as challenged for not putting the needs of patients and families at the centre of its decision-making. This has resulted in endless public questioning of nurses’ values and a continuous plea to ‘return to the good old days’ of practice. This plea reflects a failure to recognise how society, and subsequently, nursing, have changed, in a world in which change is constant, decision-making is done in smaller windows of time and contradictory evidence about what is ‘best’ is everywhere.

The contemporary focus on person- centred care has been a movement that tries to counteract the impact of this changed situationon the lives of people who use services. Huge advances have been made in creating environments that are truly respectful of people as individuals. Being person- centred requires the formation of meaningful relationships between professionals, service users and their families/carers.

To develop a healthcare system where nurses perform at the highest levels we need to create conditions which enable individuals, teams and institutions to flourish. People who are flourishing function at extraordinary high levels – they are energised , engaged and committed – all key qualities that nurses need in order to deliver effective person- centred care.

Professor McCormack will argue that nursing’s core values have never changed – it’s the context in which these values are articulated that has altered. To effect real and lasting change, organisations must embrace the values of ‘respect’ for all those striving in their daily work to ‘be the best that they can be’. Only a collaborative, inclusive and participative approach will allow contemporary nursing to achieve excellence and transform.

This lecture will address the opportunity for transformation across the health sector and the challenge for nursing to operate within the constraints of rules, regulations and the straight-jacket of bureaucracy.

Book your place now for this Professorial Lecture on:

Tuesday 9th February 2016, 5.30pm for a 6pm start

Halle Lecture Theatre

Queen Margaret University


EH21 6UU

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