Report recommends growth of ANP workforce in Northern Ireland

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

Dräger is incredibly proud to support the NNA by sponsoring the NNA Shared Learning & Best Practice in Neonatal Care Scholarship.

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The Kate Farrer Foundation was established in memory of Dr Kate Farrer, a distinguished neonatal consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Transport Lead for the East of England. Sadly, Kate died in 2014 following a short illness. Her family set up a foundation in her name & have funded the Kate Farrer Scholarship since 2021.

Visit the Kate Farrer Foundation website: http://www.katefarrer.org/

The NNA is a member of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) who we collaborate and partner with closely. COINN is a global organization that represents nurses who specialize in the care of newborn infants and their families. As a COINN partner, the NNA and its members are part of an international community and voice of neonatal nurses across the world. NNA members are automatically joined to COINN membership and can be a valued and integral part of this global voice.

Visit COINN: https://www.coinnurses.org/

Armstrong Medical is the proud sponsor of the NNA Team of the Year Award. Now part of Eakin Healthcare, the company supports neonatal teams across the world, working closely to understand the challenges and pressures faced.  The company join the NNA praising Neonatal teams for their inspirational work as they deliver care to the tiniest and most vulnerable patients.

Armstrong Medical provide options for heated resus, invasive and non-invasive ventilation. NeoFlow® is a complete range of critical and supportive respiratory solutions, designed to give neonates the best possible start in life, from their very first breath.

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https://www.armstrongmedical.net/care-areas/neonatal-critical-care/

vCreate Diaries is a secure video messaging service providing reassurance to parents in NICUs. The vCreate team is working with us on awareness campaigns, communications and video projects to support families during their neonatal journeys.

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These standards set out the entry and practice learning requirements, curriculum, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award for NMC-approved nursing programmes. They have been designed so that students can get the most out of their education and learn the skills they need to become safe, effective and kind professionals. 

Our updated standards for pre-registration nursing programmes were approved by our Council at its meeting on 25 January 2023 and can now be implemented by Approved education institutions (AEIs).

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These standards set out the entry and practice learning requirements, curriculum, length of programme, methods of assessment and the level of award for NMC-approved nursing programmes. They have been designed so that students can get the most out of their education and learn the skills they need to become safe, effective and kind professionals. 

 

Our updated standards for pre-registration nursing programmes were approved by our Council at its meeting on 25 January 2023 and can now be implemented by Approved education institutions (AEIs).

Why our standards are important 

Our education and training standards help nursing, midwifery and nursing associate students achieve the NMC standards of proficiency and programme outcomes.

 

All nursing, midwifery and nursing associate professionals must practise in line with the requirements of the Code, the professional standards of practice and behaviour that nurses, midwives and nursing associates are expected to uphold.

 

The standards for education and training includes the Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education, Standards for student supervision and assessment, and programme standards specific to each approved programme.

 

Our standards for education and training are set out in three parts:

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