Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI)
Pippa and team were at the NCFI European Regional Leaders' Training Conference at Felden Lodge in Hemel Hempstead in early October. 33 delegates from Christian nursing fellowships and groups in Spain, Norway, Finland, Armenia, Romania, Germany, England and Scotland came for three days. The aim was to gather the pooled but different experiences of the leaders of different Christian nursing movements across Europe shared between different fellowships and to bring together young, emerging and potential leaders with established leaders.
The overall feedback was positive, and the links and fellowship between individuals in different nations was very positive. New links and partnerships have begun to develop as a result, and it was a great encouragement for the CMF Nurses Team. They are now working towards our input into the NCFI World Congress in the US next year.
As the number of nursing and midwifery groups around the UK (including Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland) grew to eighteen this autumn, with others coming online all the time, the team has had to grow to keep pace. Gemma Irvine has joined the team as an Associate Staff Worker in Glasgow, linking with the Catalyst Team there. Student nurse groups are now running in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee. We hope to get one off the ground in Glasgow soon, so she has plenty to keep her busy!
Rachel Denno will be joining the team in the New Year as a Nurses Associate Staff Worker with a particular focus on developing support for student nurses and midwives as they transition to becoming qualified staff.