Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

  • Overall it was very empowering, demystifying the research process
  • Philip Darbyshire is an excellent, motivating speaker for nursing research
  • A speaker who was able to reveal the exciting side of research
  • The whole research subject was presented excellently.  Philip presented a very ‘don’t touch’ subject in an ‘easy to understand and let’s get into it’ manner
  • Had the ability to turn a potentially dry subject into an interesting, relevant and practical subject. You came away feeling much less overwhelmed and far more motivated with research
  • Can we import Philip?
Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

Capital & Coast District Health Board, Wellington, New Zealand

  • Best seminar I have attended to date, best speaker ever!
  • Invite Philip back on a regular basis
Capital & Coast District Health Board, Wellington, New Zealand

Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, Galway, Ireland

  • Thanks for the injection of enthusiasm of the speaker, it gave me courage to move forward and get going
  • Very inspirational, my mind is buzzing with research questions afterwards
  • This seminar was very enjoyable and relevant to nursing practice and development. It made research more achievable to the nurse practitioner
Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, Galway, Ireland

Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

  • Philip is a very charismatic speaker and therefore made the day fun and challenging.
  • He is the first nursing professor who I have met who seems genuine about bridging the gap between academic and clinical practices.
  • I gained considerable info on how to do research, unloaded the mystery of applying for funding. It was very motivating and pushes me on to do research and publish in our workplace.
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

Barts & The London NHS Trust, UK

  • This study day should be made compulsory for all nurses
  • Great, lovely warm style with huge knowledge and inspirational ability
  • Inspiring – made me think I could make it happen
  • Very helpful, confidence-inspiring, practical tips
Barts & The London NHS Trust, UK

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

  • Philip’s dynamic personality facilitated a most enlightening day – my mind had been opened and my practice surely enhanced by the experiences discussed today
  • Food for thought – excellent day.  Delivered with much appreciated humour.  Today’s seminar will make me think in every practice
  • Most thought provoking session I have attended for a long time.  Thank you
Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Acting Chief Nurse, ACT, Australia

“I am writing to convey my most sincere appreciation for your outstanding contribution to our celebrations during International Nurses and Midwives Week.  Your oration, on International Nurses’ Day, was the highlight of the week.
During your oration you clearly captured the hearts, minds and spirit of all present.  Your eloquent, insightful exploration of ‘How Can You Bear to be a Nurse?’ took us all to the centre of the profound privilege, beauty and potential of our profession.  You reminded us all that what we do is transform lives!  I am sure you were aware of the intense way in which your audience, of some two hundred nurses from all ranks and sectors within the ACT, responded to your challenging, inspiring and deeply moving message.
I am acutely aware of the work and effort which goes into preparing and delivering a major oration.  You gave us your precious time, energy, wisdom and insight with great generosity and I am most grateful.  Clearly, your audience loved your combination kilt and academic dress, your humour, your passion and your ability to connect so strongly with us all”.
– Associate Professor Joy Vickerstaff, A/g Chief Nurse, ACT, Australia

School of Nursing, Farmingdale State College, New York, USA

“Your presentation was not only profound, insightful and compelling, it was also humorous.  It gave all who heard it a great deal to think about what this might mean for education, practice and research.  The responses from all who attended were unanimously positive, and many asked for copies of your journal articles.  This is quite amazing, given that individuals who attended included Administrators as well as faculty and staff from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business and Health Sciences.  On behalf of Farmingdale State College, thank you for a memorable presentation”.
– Dr Marie Hayden-Miles, Dean, School of Nursing, Farmingdale State College, New York, USA

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center / Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Las Vegas, USA

“Your presentation today at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center/Sunrise Children’s Hospital on ‘How to involve research in your clinical practice’ was most enjoyable and inspirational!  Thank you for making clinical research come alive for our staff.
I have enclosed the program evaluations from the staff who attended.  As you can see, the evaluations indicate that the program objectives were met and they felt that you were excellent.  The only recommendation was that they wanted more time to soak up your knowledge!  Please consider another trip to Las Vegas so we can address this request”.
– Barbara Fraser, Director of Education, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center/Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Las Vegas, USA

Director of Nursing, Waikato Hospital, New Zealand

“The evaluative feedback from the session was outstanding – comments such as:
  • “Please bring Philip back again”
  • “thought provoking”
  • “totally relevant to all practice areas”
are a small example of the value of your session and its impact on the attendees”
Philip, thank you once again for your time, and for sharing your wisdom with us.  You were truly inspirational and I look forward to welcoming you back to Waikato in the future”.
Director of Nursing, Waikato Hospital, New Zealand

Portland, Oregon, Nursing Education Conference

Philip Darbyshire needs to present and share his wisdom with every student nurse, every professional nurse, every nurse educator and anyone associated with health care. So much has entered my brain; but much more has been imprinted on my heart.
Dynamic speaker. Love the topic – wish my nursing program used humanities and art in teaching about the patient experience.
Excellent sharing of poignant pieces of literature
Awesome speaker – the whole conference could have been his lectures!
Dynamite speaker!
Wonderful! My favorite part :-)
Excellent, engaging, applicable to practice.
Delightful
Wonderful!
Thanks so much!
Find a way to bring him back to visit each OHSU campus.
Powerful info. Loved it.
Wow!
Dynamic speaker – great speaker to wrap up with.
Best speaker ever- most useful info…what a breath of fresh air he was in all this academia!
Interesting perspective thanks for sharing your passion
Wonderful presentation! Great speaker!

Sue Hayward, Director of Nursing, Waikato DHB, NZ

Sue Hayward, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Waikato District Health Board, NZ
Re: Full Day Masterclass: ‘The Future of Nursing & Frontline Accountability’.

Hi Philip,
I wanted to let you know how well and much your Masterclass last Monday was appreciated and enjoyed. The fantastic debate and discussion that you stimulated over a full day in a lecture theatre of over 140 senior nurses and nurse leaders is still reverberating around the walls of the hospital!! Thank you so much. Your electrifying presentation style and absolutely essential content has well and truly supported where and how I want nurses and nursing to develop in this DHB.
Once again, thank you.

Regards
Sue

Nelson Marlborough DHB, NZ

“Dear Philip, Thanks so much for your fantastic presentations…a great day which has generated a lot of discussion among our staff.”

Former Chief Nurse, UK

“Thank you for inspiring me in 1993…your work has continued to guide me in my role as Chief Nurse at (Trust omitted). I am sad to say but it has been rare over the last 17 years to har a speaker such as you who spoke for nursing with such passion, who spoke from the heart, who challenged us all so effectively and who gave us the courage to carry on and to be even better nurses and to hold on to our passion and pride in nursing for the sake of all of our patients. For all of this, I thank you.” Former Chief Nurse, UK

Professor Paul Arbon, Dean, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Flinders University

“Professor Darbyshire recently completed the review for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. In the context of university policy and funding arrangements in Australia this review has been critical to identifying a coherent and well articulated strategy to strengthen the research performance of the School. Philip’s report pulls no punches, is straightforward and cuts through many of the usual excuses for poor research performance. I know of few other consultants with the experience and ability to complete a hard edged review of this kind while engaging with concerns and developing real enthusiasm amongst staff about the challenges and opportunities for research development in the School. The review represents a real turning point for the School and we thank Philip for his extraordinary contribution.”

Passionate About Practice Conference, Brisbane 2010

Applicable to all fields of nursing and relevant, articulated well and with reflective questions.  Passionate level 10/10.  Motivating and reflective.  Inspiring and passionate.  Passion to inspire.  What an inspiration.  Wonderful speaker enjoyed the presentation so much.   Very relevant. Fantastic choice for first speaker, very inspiring.  Excellent relevance to our primary focus.  Just what my organisation is working on but the change is slow.  Phillip once again brilliantly entertaining, cuts to the chase and reminds us about our role in positive health care experiences.  Thank you very inspired.  Mesmerizing. A truly fascinating and inspiring session.  Good points. Inspiring and entertaining at the same time.  Excellent public speaker with good mix of humour and emotion. Inspiring!  Would have liked more  Very interesting. Could have been longer session. Great presenter.  Empowering presentation.  Thought provoking, delightful easy to listen to, enjoyed the stories.   Fantastic speaker, should be used to help sort out Queensland Health.

Very inspirational. Transformation is needed.

Ronald MacDonald House Charities, International Conference, Adelaide, Australia

“Absolutely brilliant. Touching a subject no-one wants to talk about. Witty, informative, a really inspiring lecture… Outstanding look at human spirit – honesty, bravery, essence – an extraordinary human being… So good can’t put into words… What an extraordinary lovely man with such an understanding of human beings… Charismatic and humorous presenter… This presentation inspired thought and reflection. Heartfelt and emotional extremely relevant… The poetry was so powerful, his depth of understanding outstanding – his words will stay with me forever… Absolutely magnificent – inspirational and so powerful…”

Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)

Philip is the ‘go-to person’ for hospitals and health care organizations across the world who want research and evidence-based practice demystified and moved out of the ‘too-hard basket’ and into the hearts and minds of clinicians who will use it make a real difference”.

Mark Hayward, Director, Association for Leaders in Nursing, UK

“My perceptions were challenged and I have a wealth of practical and informative information that I can use. Nurse leaders and health organisations everywhere would benefit immensely from Philip’s insightful and practical approaches to improving our services”.

 

From Plunket, (2015) New Zealand’s national early childhood well child health services and parenting support provider. http://www.plunket.org.nz

“Thanks Philip for your ever inspiring ideas and guidance … thank you for reinforcing that everyone’s opinions count and need to be heard as so many have fantastic ideas and may just need the safety net in place to express themselves. Fantastic ideas come from many not just one!

“Thanks Philip. This is very exciting and I am looking forward to watching this develop for our staff”.

“Just a message to say “We miss you Philip!” Love your review report and I am using it every week to send out a message to Plunket staff! Can’t wait to see you again and have some more inspiration”.

“Good morning Philip. Just wanted to say how inspiring your session was the other week. The morning following I had at least 6 staff arrive at work around 07.00, an hour and half early, to have a coffee and sit around the table to discuss ideas that had been stimulated by your session. Some great ideas have followed.  Thanks again for your refreshing challenges to us all!”

“Thank you for visiting (city X)  I love that we can be part of raising the bar for families and our organisation.  I’m sure we could design at least one PhD thesis following the Evaluation Review and the action we are taking.  You have helped me love my work even more and I am determined to lead our team of clinical staff to excellence.”

CEO, Hospice Waikato & Rainbow Place Children & Young People’s Service (Winner: National ‘Every Child Counts’ Award 2011)

“Because we are passionate at Rainbow Place about creating the best possible services for our children, young people and their families as well as the most vibrant workplace for our staff, we appreciated the need for service evaluation. We knew who would be the perfect person to help us do this, Professor Philip Darbyshire.  Philip engaged, involved and understood every key group involved in the review; Board members, staff, stakeholders, volunteers, families and children alike.  The “Darbyshire Report” based on the review is a wonderfully clear-thinking, straight-talking, evidence-based, action-focused impetus for improvement, that has been an invaluable investment for our organisation.  Philip’s exemplary review has given us a vital, ‘fresh eyes’, internationally informed and research-based appreciation of how our services were perceived and experienced, a perspective almost impossible to obtain ‘internally’.  Thanks to Philip’s insightful findings, we have a blueprint for developing and improving Rainbow Place’s services even further in the future and with Philip’s on going involvement, we are already implementing the recommendations and taking Rainbow Place to the next level.  Without a ‘Philip Darbyshire Review’, you may never know just how great your service could become.  I can recommend Philip and his work without reservation.”

CEO, Hospice Waikato & Rainbow Place Children & Young People’s Service (Winner: National ‘Every Child Counts’ Award 2011)

Neonatal Nurses College Aotearoa/New Zealand 2014

From: Neonatal Nurses College Aotearoa, convener of national conference, Christchurch New Zealand 2014

December 2014

Professor Philip Darbyshire

Dear Philip,
On behalf of the Neonatal Nurses College Aotearoa and the local orgainising committee, we would like to thank you for your wonderful contributions to the National Neonatal Nurse Conference, held in Christchurch New Zealand in November this year. As hosts of this national conference entitled “Back to the future I-Care” we could not have asked for a more appropriate, motivating and inspirational keynote speaker. Your presentations “What are neonatal nurse for in a post human age “and “Fab 4” the 4 best questions you will ever ask of yourself and your unit” really did test our thinking and clearly the evaluations captured those sentiments of motivating, thought provoking, inspiring. Indeed, many delegates said they could have listened to your presentations for much longer than the allocated time available.

Your willingness to be available throughout the conference, your approachability and your enthusiasm for networking with those at the conference was also very much appreciated.

We have now collated our delegates’ feedback and found that their responses echo ours. You truly did help us host a very successful conference and encouraged us, whatever age bracket we fit into, to embrace the changing world of healthcare, nursing and the specialty of neonatal care.

Once again, thank you for your wonderful contribution to our conference. We look forward to any further opportunities for working with you in the future. I can speak on behalf of many neonatal nurses in New Zealand who would thoroughly enjoy listening to you any time, as the word ‘fabulous’ cropped up a number of times in the evaluations.

Kind regards
Debbie O’Donoghue
Convenor conference organising committee Christchurch New Zealand

President
, South Australian Child and Family Health Nurses Association,
 on behalf of the 2009 conference organising committee.

August 2009
Professor Philip Darbyshire

Dear Philip,
On behalf of the South Australian Child and family Health Nurses Association, we would like to thank you sincerely for your wonderful contributions to the Third Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Maternal, Child and Family Health Nurses, held in Adelaide in April this year. As hosts of this national conference we appreciated not only your consummate efforts as one of our keynote speakers but your support in preparing and executing our ‘hypothetical’. Your approachability and availability throughout the conference was also much appreciated. Your wonderful ‘Option #3’ contribution far exceeded our expectations.

We have now collated our participant evaluations and found that their responses echo ours. Your overall feedback score out of a possible total of 5 was a remarkable 4.75! So, once again, thank you for your marvellous contribution to our conference. We look forward to any opportunities for working with you in the future.

Kind regards

Pam Murphy, President
South Australian Child and Family Health Nurses Association,
On behalf of the 2009 conference organising committee.

Prof Jim Oats (President) and Joanna Holt (CEO), Children’s Hospitals, Australasia, Australia

“Just a note to thank you so much for your truly excellent Keynote Address and the second, equally stimulating, presentation which you gave at our Annual Conference at The Chateau on the Park in Christchurch on 12th May 2005. Your contributions added significantly to the success of the conference and gave hospital staff who attended valuable insights to take back to their workplaces. The feedback from the conference was extremely complimentary in general but many participants particularly singled out your two presentations as the highlight. You managed to be both entertaining and thought-provoking which is a skill few of us have!”

Helen Ryan, Director of Nursing and Clinical Governance, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK

“Yeovil District Hospital invited Prof Philip Darbyshire to be the Keynote Speaker at Nurses Week in 2010 and again by popular demand in 2011. Philip gave a week of thought provoking presentations that were entertaining and inspiring and which hit exactly the right note with his diverse audience. We also asked Philip to lead some Masterclasses with different groups of nurses which produced excellent feedback and his engaging gentle humour encouraged open communication and valuable learning.”

Professor June Andrews, Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre and former Head of Modernisation at NHS Scotland

“Your work on the possibilities of nursing, and the advances in the design of care taken together represent the basis for a more confident and humane approach to policy development and service design which must result in people receiving a standard of care which recognises their inherent humanity and dignity and ends some of the nursing psychobabble and educational jargon that masquerades as nursing knowledge.”

Assoc. Prof Joy Vickerstaff, Acting Chief Nurse, Australia, 2008

“Dear Philip,

I am writing to convey my most sincere appreciation for your outstanding contribution to our celebrations during International Nurses and Midwives Week. Your oration, on International Nurses’ Day, was the highlight of the week.

During your oration you clearly captured the hearts, minds and spirit of all present. Your eloquent, insightful exploration of ‘How Can You Bear to be a Nurse?’ took us all to the centre of the profound privilege, beauty and potential of our profession. You reminded us all that what we do is transform lives! I am sure you were aware of the intense way in which your audience, of some two hundred nurses from all ranks and sectors within the ACT, responded to your challenging, inspiring and deeply moving message.

I am acutely aware of the work and effort which goes into preparing and delivering a major oration. You gave us your precious time, energy, wisdom and insight with great generosity and I am most grateful. Clearly, your audience loved your combination kilt and academic dress, your humour, your passion and your ability to connect so strongly with us all”.

Associate Professor Joy Vickerstaff, Acting Chief Nurse, ACT, Australia

Canberra oration testimonial

Director of Nursing, New Zealand

Philip, thank you once again for your time, and for sharing your wisdom with us. You were truly inspirational and I look forward to welcoming you back to Waikato in the future.

Director of Nursing, New Zealand

Nurses enjoyed the fantastic debates, and discussion is still reverberating around the walls of the hospitals!! Thank you, your presentation style and content has well and truly supported where and how I want nurses and nursing to develop in this DHB.

Dean & Head of School, Australia

“I know of few other consultants with the experience and ability to complete a hard edged review of this kind while engaging with concerns and developing real enthusiasm amongst staff about the challenges and opportunities for research development in the School. The review represents a real turning point for the School and we thank Philip for his extraordinary contribution.”

Director of Nursing, Australia

Your work at Princess Alexandra Hospital was the pivotal point in creating a research culture in nursing.

CEO, Health NGO, New Zealand

Without a ‘Philip Darbyshire Review’, you may never know just how great your service could become.  I can recommend Philip and his work without reservation.

Passionate about Practice Conference

Philip once again brilliantly entertaining, cuts to the chase and reminds us about our role in positive health care experiences.