A new report has been published that presents recommendations for maximising the contribution of Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) across Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland.
Commissioned by the Department of Health and produced by the Northern Ireland Practice & Education Council for Nursing & Midwifery (NIPEC), the report highlights the crucial role already played by ANPs. However, it also emphasises the need for a greater number of ANPs across all settings to enhance their impact on the HSC system.
Chief Nursing Officer for Norther Ireland, Maria McIlgorm, commented on the report: “The recommendations in this report will have a valuable impact in terms of further developing advanced practice in Northern Ireland, as nurses take on more complex and expert roles.”
In Northern Ireland, ANPs have already received additional training to enable greater autonomy to assess, diagnose and prescribe care and treatment, as well as to discharge patients. The aims of the report stress that growing this advanced workforce and building a “critical mass” of nurses is the ultimate goal, and will ensure the HSC system is positioned to take full advantage of the benefits of advanced nursing practice.
In response to the report, which is entitled Advanced Nursing Practice In Northern Ireland: Analysis And Recommendations, NNA NI Chair Colm Darby released the following statement:
“The Neonatal Nurses Association welcome all recommendations to further the enhancement of nurse roles and develop a nurse strong workforce. Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners have been in place in Northern Ireland within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust for nearly three decades – a workforce delivering evidence based and high-quality care for vulnerable newborn babies. Northern Ireland’s Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner workforce has nearly doubled in the last five years with all Trusts in Northern Ireland showing commitment to CNO Maria McIlgorms recommendations.”
Colm Darby, ANNP in Craigavon Area Hospital and Regional Lead for the NNA in Northern Ireland, has led an Advanced Nurse Practitioner collaboration with the 3rd All Ireland Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner forum, which was held in Galway this year – forging alliance and sharing practice to improve outcomes for babies across Ireland.
Read the full report here: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/health/doh-nipec-anp.pdf