Meet the Midlands Faculty Team

Professor Julian Barratt – Lead for the Centre for Advancing Practice and Regional Faculty Lead

I am the Lead for the Centre for Advancing Practice at NHS England. I lead the complex, high profile, multi-faceted portfolio of advanced practice from a national perspective, and in the Midlands region as Regional Faculty Lead for Advancing Practice. My registrant background is as a nurse in emergency medicine, and in advanced practice as a nurse practitioner in unscheduled primary care, general practice, and event healthcare.

I’ve had extensive clinical academic experience in advanced clinical practice, prescribing, research, and proven senior nursing academic and strategic leadership qualities. This includes leading and developing multi-professional advanced practice education for advanced practitioners. Having been involved in advanced practice developments from the mid-1990s onwards, I’m well informed on the advanced practice agenda and its associated policy and research developments.

Rebecca McShane – Project Manager

I have had a dynamic and interesting career in NHS management over the last 18 years. This has including roles in education, research management and governance.

Over the last 10 years, I have specialised in project and programme management with keen focus on education and development of the healthcare workforce.

I am passionate about career development opportunities for heath and care staff. I have a wide knowledge co-ordination and delivery of education and training through my current project management role in the Midlands Faculty for Advancing Practice. Alongside past teaching experience, University of Leeds Teaching Award and continuing professional development.

I took the lead in developing the Academic Career Development Strategy for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration. I co-designed and implemented new training programmes, such as the internship and pre-doctoral fellowship programme for health and care professionals.

Sarah Meenan – Supervision and Assessment Lead

I am Paediatric Advanced Clinical Practitioner working in the Midlands region. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings from General Paediatrics, Accident and Emergency, ITU and Community.

Since I started my advanced practice journey in Paediatric Cardiac Intensive Care in 2010, I’ve been passionate about advanced practice.  I have an interest in Simulation and Human Factors and I’m currently undertaking a post Graduate Certificate in Human Factors for Patient Safety.

I work for the Midlands Faculty 3 days a week whilst continuing to work clinically 2 days a week.

Karen Swift – Supervision and Assessment Lead

I have had a varied and interesting career so far. My clinical background was originally in urgent care, minor injuries, trauma and orthopaedics, and more recently in emergency and acute care.

The passion I have for teaching and facilitating education continues to be utilised with my clinical experience back in the trust a day a week. I qualified as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in 2017. I work with medical students and advanced practitioners in both clinical practice and in more formal education settings, including simulation, which I have a keen interest in.

As a supervision and assessment lead, I bring my experience in education and my passion for advanced practice to the faculty.

Halima Abowath – Project Support Officer

I am a Project Support Officer for the Faculty for Advancing Practice. I’ve worked within the world of projects since graduating in 2019 with a BSc (Hons) Psychology at De Montfort University.

One of my favourite modules was Work Psychology. This was about understanding how organisations work, and how best to help them and the workforce succeed. My current role allows me to implement this with the NHS trainee advanced practitioner workforce. My role is varied from various stakeholder engagement activity to supporting the team with active projects. Some other tasks include supporting Faculty communications, webinars and conferences, data collection and producing reports. The overall promotion for advanced practice in the region.

I’ve undertaken and passed the Association for Project Management (APM), Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ). I hope to complete the next course, Project Management Qualification (PMQ) to help develop and further my career.

Harpreet Sarai – Project Support Officer

I am a Project Support Office for the Faculty for Advancing Practice in the Midlands. I studied BA (Hons) Business Administration which has helped to assist and develop my career further.

My experience working for the NHS totals over 20 years within various Trusts, CCGs and the Department of Health. Eight of these years were previously with Health Education England, now NHS England. During this time I was working on the UK Foundation Programme for doctors.

I am passionate about the work NHS England provides. I’m excited to be part of an organisation that supports the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvements to our workforce and patients.

Candy Manders – Administration Officer

I am the Administration Officer for the Faculty for Advancing Practice, NHS England – Workforce Training and Education – Midlands.

I have been fortunate to experience a variety of roles over the course of my career. This includes General Assessment Officer for the OCR Examinations Board for 10 years. I have worked with Adults Health and Social Care for 10 years.

I was an Administrator to UK Health Security Agency (UK HSA). This involved supporting Covid-19 infection control during the pandemic and Administration Lead for the Tuberculosis, Safeguarding and Hepatitis clinical teams. The proudest moment of my career was being nominated by members of the public as an ‘unsung hero’ for the Chamberlain Awards. This was for my promptness and efficiency of my delivery of service, empathy, care, and discretion.

Andy Cole – Training Programme Director for Community and Rehabilitation

I qualified as a nurse at Nottingham University in 1996. My advancing practice journey began in 2002 when I developed a nurse-led femoral nerve block service for hip fractures. I moved into the community in 2004 as a Community Matron and evolved into an Advanced Clinical Practitioner for community hospitals of Derbyshire.

Since 2015 I have been the Clinical Lead for Advanced Practice in Derbyshire Community Health Services and have supervised numerous trainee advanced practitioners in various community settings. I’m committed to educating and developing others and contribute to the MSc in Advancing Practice at the University of Derby as an Associate Lecturer.

I have recently been appointed as the Lead for the emerging Derbyshire Faculty for Advancing Practice.

Jane Elwell – Training Programme Director for Urgent and Emergency Care

I have been a Consultant Nurse in Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) since March 2019. My career spans over 30 years; working in Clinical and Leadership roles in Urgent and Emergency Care services. 

I’m Nurse lead for the development of Minor Injury and Minor Illness services and Practitioners within these services in Emergency Medicine. I work collaboratively with UTC services and Trust partners locally and within Emergency Medicine to develop streamlined services and support the education and development of the advancing practice workforce in these areas.

My interests include Health and wellbeing. I am Health and Wellbeing Lead for Emergency Medicine group, Trust Wellbeing champion, TRiM manager, and Team Time Facilitator in collaboration with Point of Care Foundation. And when life gets too busy, I love to spend time in the garden for mindfulness.

Gemma Ford – Training Programme Director for Mental Health

I am a passionate advocate of advanced practice in mental health. I previously worked as the Supervision & Assessment Lead for the Midlands Faculty. My experience within the field of advanced practice includes aspects of workforce transformation, governance assurance, supervision & assessment, training & education, and promoting the role of advanced practice in mental health.

Clinically, I work on a psychiatric inpatient ward, and I am undertaking my Approved/ Responsible Clinician Training within Nottinghamshire Healthcare. I very much look forward to working with the Midlands region to develop and embed advanced practice in mental health.

Elizabeth Bennett-Hayes – Training Programme Director for Midwifery

I began my nurse training at St. Thomas’ Hospital and specialised in the field of Intensive Care at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. I furthered my knowledge in the field and moved to the Midlands, spending a total of 14 years in ITU. In 2012, I changed pathways and began my midwifery career.

My background knowledge and experience have been the foundation to my Midwifery career. They have enabled me to disseminate my knowledge both clinically and through education. In 2017 I undertook my MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. I lead a team of midwives who provide enhanced maternal care to women who have pre-existing co-morbidities or experience an acute deterioration in health.

A testament to my advanced practice course is that I provide expert clinical care, support staff, educate colleagues and students, and evaluate the results of a service implementation plan. I also link with colleagues nationally to deliver teaching in Enhanced Maternal Care / Maternal Medicine.

NHS England enables me to support Midwives who are embarking upon the advanced practice route. Alongside provide information and guidance to organisations who want to support their staff on this career pathway.

Jennifer Riley – Training Programme Director for Acute Care

I started my advanced practice career over ten years ago, working as an advanced practitioner within acute medicine in Derby. Though I am employed with the Faculty one day a week, I continue to work as a clinician in this area at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust.

I am passionate about the standard of training for advanced practitioners in acute care and keen to ensure trainees are supported to reach their full capability.

Hirminder Ubhi – Training Programme Director for Pharmacy

From a pilot project funded by Health Education West Midlands (2013), placing prescribing pharmacists in ED, in 2015, I qualified as an advanced clinical practitioner, trained in Paediatric Acute and Emergency Medicine.

Today, I work as part of the pre-operative medicine, anaesthetic medical team. My role involves providing patient care in clinic, to ensure they are fit for surgery. Demonstrating I can transfer teachings of my advanced practice course, to develop competencies and capabilities to work in elective orthopaedics.

I’ve always been passionate about Pharmacy. Now as an advanced practitioner, understanding these roles are relatively new for us and the challenges we may face.

If you need support please get in touch. Whether you’re thinking about, embarking on or qualified in your role as an advanced practitioner.

Luke Watson – Training Programme Director for Musculoskeletal

I am an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner specialising in Paediatric Trauma and Orthopaedics at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

I care for inpatients under various areas. This include Trauma and Orthopaedics, Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedic Oncology as well as Fracture Clinics and Elective Orthopaedic clinic

Alison Whalley – Training Programme Director for Learning Disabilities and Autism

I completed my MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice in 2019. I currently work as Community Matron for a Learning Disability Service in Birmingham. Now seconded one day a week as Training Programme Director (TPD) for Learning Disabilities and Autism.

My role involves supporting the Faculty to promote and deliver the multi professional Learning Disability and Autism Advanced Practice offer. I collaborate with stakeholders and highlight the benefits and impact of employing a future workforce with advanced clinical practice skills, and knowledge that can meet the health needs of individuals  with Learning Disabilities and Autism.

Having completed the MSc in advanced clinical practice, I can understand the challenges trainees face. I feel passionate about supporting trainees to become successful advance practitioners working across the four pillars. Clinical practice, leadership, education, and research within their work environments.