The Faculty was established during the latter part of 2020 with recruitment into three main roles: Faculty Lead; Project Manager and a Supervision and Assessment Lead. The Faculty will include a number of other members who will have responsibility for a defined area of practice working with the Supervision and Assessment Lead.
The Faculty members are building relationships and developing initiatives to highlight the value of an advanced practice workforce within our systems and organisations and will provide regional leadership around the advanced practice national programme to drive change at a local level.
The Faculty will provide greater connectivity across the health and social care system and across all relevant professions to improve the understanding, value and innovation that advanced practice roles can bring to deliver quality care and improve service provision for patients. We want to see advanced practitioners across the NW region that are fit for 21st-century care and that best use is made of their skills and expertise across an evolving health and social care system.
The Faculty for Advancing Practice across the North West will:
- provide regional leadership around the advanced practice national programme to drive change at a local level,
- ensure quality education and training is delivered for advanced practitioners to enable them to be fit for 21st-century care, so that their skills and expertise address patient service priorities and the needs of diverse populations,
- lead and promote advanced practitioners as part of workforce solutions that support service changes working with STPs/ ICSs to identify demand, commission and support the supervisory needs of learners,
- provide greater connectivity across the health and social care system and across all relevant professions to improve the understanding, value and innovation that advancing practice roles can bring to deliver quality care and improve service provision for patients,
- enable the continuum of multi-professional clinical career paths through advancing practice and beyond.
Key areas of work:
Development of the Faculty
The Faculty will be working with the Centre for Advancing Practice and the other regions to develop our strategy/plan. This will enable the members of the Faculty to connect with the health and social care system and education providers to ensure the work will drive forward advanced practitioners across the NW region.
The Faculty aims to have their full team by summer 2021.
If you would like to be kept informed and have access to opportunities to be part of the advance practice workforce transformation across the North West then please sign up to our database.
NW HEI Network: The Faculty will initiate a NW HEI Network, where the Advance Practice Programme can work collaboratively to drive transformation and innovation.
Cheshire and Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria: We have started to undertake stakeholder mapping to identify what is already established within the system, to ensure we join up and share developments around advanced practice. The Faculty will also identify where there are not STP/ICS networks and forums and bring all programme and professions together for collaboration.
Meet the team
Annabella Gloster, Regional Faculty Lead for Advancing Practice
Annabella is the Faculty Lead and is a Registered Nurse with experience of working as a Senior Nurse / Nurse practitioner in emergency care prior to moving to the Higher Education Sector where she was a Senior Lecturer and programme lead for Advanced Clinical Practice programmes. Annabella has collaborated at regional, national and international level in this area, having been past Chair of the Association for Advanced Practice Educators (AAPE UK) and was involved at national level on several other HEE ACP workstreams.
As the Regional Faculty Lead for Advancing Practice; Annabella will lead the faculty in promoting advanced practitioners as part of workforce solutions that support service changes, working with stakeholders to identify needs, commissioning high-quality education and training, and coordinating advanced practice across the NW.
Debra Allcock, Project Manager for Advancing Practice
Debra is the project manager for the faculty for Advancing Practice, supporting the regional Faculty Lead to ensure successful implementation of the advancing practice portfolio at regional and sub-regional level. Having extensive experience in programme and project management, stakeholder management, co-production and change management, Debra has led and delivered on Macmillan Cancer Support projects and work transforming the healthcare system relating to chronic oedema / lymphoedema.
As the Regional Project Manager for Advancing Practice; Debra will be providing comprehensive project management, overseeing the delivery of the identified workstreams against the Regional Delivery Plan. She will be closely working with key internal and external stakeholders for successful implementation of the national agenda for advanced practice.
Liam Hagerty – Administrative Support
Liam joined the Faculty for Advancing Practice in July 2021 as the Administrative Support for the team. He will be responsible for administrative duties and ensuring the faculty operates smoothly. Liam graduated from Liverpool Hope University in 2018, studying Human Biology and Sociology. He went on to find employment with Bradford District Care Trust where he worked as an administrator for various community services, such as the Podiatry and Palliative services. Seeing how these services work, and hearing first-hand how patients are affected by them, led to his drive to improve the patient journey. During the pandemic, Liam moved from Bradford to Manchester, where he was able to find a new challenge in his new employment by Health Education England.
Nick Worth, Regional Supervision and Assessments Lead for Advancing Practice
Nick is the Supervision and assessment lead and is a Physiotherapist with experience in professional football nationally and internationally and has worked as national lead clinician and expert witness. Nick has taught on specialist musculoskeletal and independent prescribing courses and has been a National Lead Clinician for a large Physiotherapy provider, supporting the Clinical Development of around 230 Physiotherapists, winning two National awards.
As the Supervision and Assessment lead; Nick will focus on the improvement of learner supervision, assessment and experience, and ensuring effective educational outcomes. Nick will focus on whole workforce transformation and developing multi-professional links as well as innovative ways of curriculum delivery and workforce well-being strategies.
Sarah Hadfield – Programme Support Officer
Sarah joined the Faculty in June 2021 and will support the delivery and implementation of the Faculty’s objectives, its projects & initiatives and the recruitment, assessment and supervision of advanced practice trainees within the region. Sarah joined the NHS in 2003 and has worked within Primary Care Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups up until her appointment with HEE. Sarah is passionate and committed to ensuring better outcomes for patients, and is also currently undertaking an APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).