TP Congress

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About the course

TP Congress, sponsored by VN Times, is a unique conference aimed at clinical coaches wishing to develop the key role they play in the professional development of their students.  The conference has continuously developed year on year and, as such, has developed into the largest event of its kind, dedicated purely to supporting clinical coaches in practice.

This year's event will include lectures on mental health support in the workplace, resilience, and leadership and coaching skills; as well as practical sessions on the Nursing Progress Log (NPL) and OSCE success.

We have secured a variety of leading speakers from both inside and outside of the veterinary profession to keep this years’ agenda fresh and current, so come along to listen and learn!

TP Congress is also an RCVS- recognised clinical coach standardisation event and can be counted towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours. Furthermore, it is an excellent opportunity to network with fellow delegates and speakers from the veterinary field in attendance.

Furthermore, due to the fantastic feedback we received about last year’s venue, we are returning to the wonderful Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa right next door to the historic Silverstone racetrack. Onsite accommodation is available for those looking to stay overnight, and a discounted room and evening meal rate is available for TP Congress delegates. We look forward to seeing you there!

What people thought of TPC 2017:

I found the congress reassuring and informative and I will now go back and find pleasure once again in my role as a clinical coach after listening to peers and specialists alike. Thank you so much for a confidence boost, priceless
My first congress. Fully enjoyed it.  Nice range of topics covered in a lovely venue.  Lots of helpful information and lots to take back with me
Lectures really relevant, more of the same next year


Day One - Monday 19 March 2018 RCVS: Addressing issues and driving change

Julie Dugmore RVN, Director of Veterinary Nursing, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) will be looking at the challenging ambitions and stretching objectives that address the big issues affecting today’s veterinary teams. Whether that’s playing more of a global role following Brexit, the importance of embracing new technology, or the pressing need to consider culture change within the profession to ensure it continues to grow and learn.

The Veterinary Defence Society Ltd: Getting help in the veterinary profession

Kirsty Sturman BSc Hons, MHFA, DISC accredited, Training Advisor, Veterinary Defence Society
We have all heard of the Veterinary Defence Society (VDS) but what exactly does it have to offer and how do you best access and utilise the services in times of need? As well as discussing what help is available, we will also look at team communication and the consequences of ineffective communication, in regards to preventing an allegation or claim being brought against you or your practice in the first place.

Surviving or Thriving?

Debbie Frost RVN Cert Ed Dip Couns, Group Trainer and Mental Health Support, Medivet
Whether the workplace is small or large, a mental health issue not only affects the individual, it can have an impact on the whole team. The stigma associated with mental illness will be a barrier for most, not just to accessing mental health services but to even discussing the topic in the first place. This session will look at the common signs of mental health problems, how to have that “difficult” conversation as painlessly as possible, accessing external sources of support and some tried and tested ways you can help on a practical level.

The Nursing Progress Log: Challenge your creativity!

Hilary Orpet MScVetEd BSc DipAVN(Surgical) FHEA CertEdDipCABT(COAPE) RVN and Andrea Jeffrey DipAVN(Surgical) RVN
RCVS VN Committee Members
This session will begin with a look at what is new and different with the Nursing Progress Log (NPL). Following this, delegates will take part in a practical workshop with scenarios that will challenge our thinking and creativity, and encourage both team work and blue sky thinking. You will come away with new and fresh ideas and a new approach to problem solving.

Lead by Example

Anne-Marie Svendsen Aylott MRCVS, Leadership Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, Purple Cat Coaching
One of the key roles of the clinical coach is to set the example for your students and for those around you. During this talk, you will look at the neurological basis for why setting the example is so effective and highlight key indicators for where we need to improve. You will also gain practical tips and hints on how to make your example more impactful - on everyone!

Happy Hour Day Two - Tuesday 20 March 2018 Inspiring the Next Generation: Coaching your students to success

Melanie Young FCCA, PGCE, MInstLM, QTLS, Academic Manager, The College of Animal Welfare
Coaching others does not always come naturally... Just because we are good at the things we do, it doesn’t mean it’s always easy to pass on that knowledge and understanding to others. The good thing is, we can learn tools and techniques that allow us to become more confident and effective coaches and mentor our students to grow and nurture their talent for optimal performance.

CPD: Lifelong learning for veterinary nurses

Debbie Gray RVN BSc (Hons) Cert Ed QTLS, JAK Marketing
It is clear in the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses that all Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) are obliged to maintain and continue to develop their professional knowledge and skills. However CPD is not all about attending lectures at conferences! It should be about continuing professional learning in a way that helps to maintain competence as well as improving skills and any services provided. Reflective skills and a well-planned approach to CPD will allow you to maximise development opportunities as they arise and help you map out a career pathway. You will consider the variety of CPD available and look at the alternative career paths beyond the role of the RVN in general practice.

Resilience: Learning how to cope and bounce back when things become overwhelming

Shari Khan Chartered M.C.I.P.D, Trainer, Leadership Mentor & Executive Coach, Trainsform
In order to be a successful clinical coach you need to be resilient, how else can you give your best to the students in your care? But the workplace (and life) keep putting on more pressure. Come and learn about the seven areas which will impact on your ability to ‘stay strong from the inside’ so you can give your best to your work and home-life.

OSCE Success: Practice makes perfect!

Stacey Bullock, Northumberland College
If you had to sit your OSCE now, do you think you would pass? This session will revisit the OSCE guidelines and consider the bad habits that students often pick up in practice and myths surrounding OSCEs. The practical element of this session will test delegates on their own knowledge of OSCEs requiring lots of audience participation!

Motivational Mapping: Plan your route to success!

Bevis Moynan BSc MABNLP, Magenta Coaching Solutions
Performance in any organisation depends upon the right direction, the right skills and a massive amount of motivation. Find out what motivational maps are and how you can use them as a tool to improve communication, productivity and overall enable students to reach their full potential.


Julie Dugmore RVN Director of Veterinary Nursing, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
Kirsty Sturman BSc Hons, MHFA, DISC accredited Training Advisor, Veterinary Defence Society
Debbie Frost RVN Cert Ed Dip Couns Group Trainer and Mental Health Support, Medivet
Hilary Orpet MScVetEd BSc DipAVN(Surgical) FHEA CertEd DipCABT(COAPE) RVN Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing for Foundation & BSc programmes, Royal Veterinary College / RCVS VN Committee Member
Andrea Jeffrey DipAVN(Surgical) RVN Programme Director – Veterinary Nursing Programmes, University of Bristol / RCVS VN Committee Member
Anne-Marie Svendsen Aylott MRCVS Leadership Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, Purple Cat Coaching
Melanie Young FCCA, PGCE, MInstLM, QTLS Academic Manager, The College of Animal Welfare
Debbie Gray RVN BSc (Hons) Cert Ed QTLS JAK Marketing
Shari Khan Chartered M.C.I.P.D Trainer, Leadership Mentor & Executive Coach, Trainsform
Stacey Bullock RVN QTLS A1 SQP Northumberland College
Bevis Moynan BSc MABNLP
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