Meet the team – Midlands

Dr Julian Barratt – Regional Faculty Lead for Advancing Practice

I joined HEE in December 2020 to lead and develop the Faculty for Advancing Practice in the Midlands region. Previously, I was Head of Post-Registration Education at the Institute of Health and the University of Wolverhampton, I’m now an Honorary Research Fellow there; continuing to supervise masters and doctoral students. My experience in advanced practice is as a nurse practitioner in un-scheduled primary care and general practice. My research interests are advanced practice, clinical communication, clinical reasoning and mixed methods approaches.

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Rebecca McShane – Regional Project Manager
Faculty for Advancing Practice (Midlands)

I have had a dynamic and interesting career, initially as an adult social worker and then I have worked in NHS applied research over the last 16 years including roles in research management, teaching and governance.  Over the last 8 years, I have specialised in project and programme management with keen focus on education and development of the healthcare research workforce. I took the lead in developing the Academic Career Development Strategy for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration in Greater Manchester, then co-designed and implemented new programmes such as the internship and pre-doctoral fellowship programme for health and care professionals across Greater Manchester. I am passionate about career development opportunities for heath and care staff and excited to take up this secondment within HEE.

Halima Abowath – Project Support Officer

I’m a Project Support Officer for the Faculty for Advancing Practice.

My previous appointment was working with the City Council as a Project Officer identifying barriers women face to their achievements and how these can be overcome.

I studied BSc (Hons) Psychology at De Montfort University and graduated in January 2019. I really enjoyed studying Work Psychology; understanding how organisations work and how best to help them. I’m excited to be in a role that links back to what I enjoyed studying and going a step further in helping to improve lives through the work I do.

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.

I have over 20 years’ experience working for the NHS across the UK within various Trusts, CCGs and the Department of Health. Eight of these years were previously with HEE, working on the UK Foundation Programme for doctors. I am passionate about the work HEE provides and I’m excited to once again be part of an organisation that helps support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvements to our workforce and patients in the UK.

Candy Manders – Administration Officer
Faculty for Advancing Practice (Midlands)

I am very excited to be joining the Faculty for Advancing Practice (Midlands) Team. I have been fortunate to experience a variety of roles including: General Assessment Officer for the OCR Examinations Board for 10 years. I have worked with Adults Health and Social Care for 10 years, and Administrator to UK Health Security Agency, 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 in terms of my promptness and efficiency of my delivery of service, empathy, care and discretion.  I am delighted to be part of an organisation that helps support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvements to our workforce and patients in the UK.

S&A Leads

Karen Swift – Advanced Clinical Practice Teaching Fellow and University Hospitals of Derby and Burton ACP Education Lead. Regional Advancing Practice Supervision and Assessment Lead for the Faculty for Ad-vancing Practice (Midlands)

Hi, I am Karen. I have had a varied and interesting career so far with a clinical background originally in urgent care, minor injuries and trauma and orthopaedics and more recently in emergency and acute care. I have a passion for teaching and facilitating education and have continued to combine this with clinical practice in my role as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) teaching fellow. I qualified as an ACP in 2017 and work with medical students and ACP’s in both clinical practice and in more formal education settings, including simulation, which I have a keen interest in. As a new supervision and assessment lead, I hope to bring my experience in education and my passion for advanced practice to the role and I am really looking forward to working with the existing team both regionally and nationally.

Karen has already started with the team and will be working with the Faculty 2 days a week.


Andy Cole – Advanced Practice Training Programme Director for Rehabilitation

I have been an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in community rehabilitation settings for 13 years and I am currently working as the Clinical Lead for Advanced Practice for Derbyshire Community Health Services. I am looking forward to meeting and supporting advanced practitioners from across the region working in rehabilitation.

Jane Elwell – Advanced Practice Training Programme Director for Urgent and Emergency Care (UEC)

I’ve 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.

Elizabeth Bennett Hayes – Advancing Practice Training Programme Director for Midwifery

I began my nurse training as a Nightingale at St. Thomas’ Hospital and, having consolidated, went on to specialise in Intensive Care Nursing at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. Having moved to the Midlands, I furthered my knowledge in the field, spending a total of 14 years in ITU. In 2012, I changed pathways and began my midwifery career. In 2017, I undertook my MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and now lead a team of midwives who provide enhanced maternal care to those women who need this, either because of pre-existing co-morbidities or acute deterioration in health.

Jennifer Riley – Advancing Practice Training Programme Director for Acute Care

I started my advanced practice career over ten years ago, working as an ACP within acute medicine at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB), and continue to work as a clinician in this area. In my leadership role as Associate Director for Advanced Practice at UHDB, I am passionate about the standard of training for ACPs in acute care and keen to ensure that trainees are supported within their programmes to reach their full capability.

Paul O’ Riordan – Advancing Practice Training Programme Director for Imaging

I am a musculoskeletal consultant radiographer, and my clinical practice includes reporting on musculoskeletal (MSK) radiographic and MRI examinations, MSK ultrasound and ultrasound guided injection practice. I first engaged with extended scope practice when commencing radiographic reporting in 2004 and developing the four pillars of advanced clinical practice over my career I progressed to advanced practice. In 2019, I achieved the post of Consultant Practitioner specialising in MSK practice at the University Hospitals of Leicester.

Julia Taylor – Advanced Practice Primary Care Programme Lead

I trained as a nurse in Cardiff qualifying in 1990. I started working in primary care in 2002 and completed an MSc in Advanced Practice.  Having always had an interest in education I became an educational lead at a training practice with multiple trainees.  This led to me being invited to train as a GP Trainer and I completed the PG Cert in Medical Education. I now also works a GP Training Programme Director. I am a keen supporter of interprofessional education. I lead on local and national advanced practice work and am aware of the many opportunities and challenges this presents to primary care.

Hirminder Ubhi – Advanced Practice Training Programme Director for Pharmacy

Following a varied and exciting career in all areas of Pharmacy over the last 20 years, in 2013, I took part in the Health Education West Midlands pilot, looking at being a prescribing pharmacist in ED. Following on from this work, I embarked on my ACP training at the University of Warwick and qualified as an ACP in Acute and Emergency Medicine in Paediatrics. I, subsequently, worked as an ACP as part of a Hepatology Transplant team for 6 months, and then 5 years ago transferred my skills over to pre-assessment in elective orthopaedics at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. In this ACP role, I work as part of the wider medical workforce clerking and examining patients, to ensure they are fit for surgery. I have always been passionate about the pharmacy profession and as an ACP understand the challenges they can face within such roles. I am excited to be starting in this role, to ensure that pharmacists embarking on their ACP journey are supported for their professional development.

Luke Watson – Advanced Practice 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 Trauma and Orthopaedics, Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedic Oncology as well as Fracture Clinics and Elective Orthopaedic clinics.

Alison Whalley – Advanced Practice Training Programme Director for Learning Disabilities and Autism

Hello, my name is Alison, and my professional passion is promoting the health and well-being of individuals with learning disabilities and Autism, ensuring they achieve the best health outcomes and opportunities that lead to living a better quality of life. My passion stems from my close connection to those with learning disabilities and Autism, such as my younger brother George. This has provided me with first-hand experience of how clinicians can impact the lives of individuals by improving their mental and physical health, preventing health inequalities, promoting reasonable adjustments, and empowering them to lead rewarding lives. I am looking forward to meeting fellow professionals who share the same passion as myself, for the role of Advanced Clinical Practitioners within the NHS workforce, especially in the field of learning disabilities and Autism’.